Gurudwara Padal Sahib – Mandi
Gurdwara Padal Sahib - Mandi formerly the capital of a hill state of the same name, is now a district town in Himachal Pradesh. Guru Gobind Singh once visited Mandi on the invitation of its ruler Siddh Sen. While the Guru pitched his camp outside the town, the ladies of his household were accommodated in the Ruler's palace. Two Shrines were established here, one inside the palace and the other at the site of the Guru's camp. The inner Shrine is maintained by the erstwhile ruling family. The other one near the bank of the River Beas is called Gurdwara Padal Sahib. It was endowed with a land grant in Balh vikllage by Sardar Lahina Singh MAjithia, governor of this region under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Its building was reconstructed by Sardar Dina Nath, chief secretary of mandi State, in 1926Gurdwara Sri Padal Sahib is an extremely beautiful Gurdwara in a very scenic location.Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji came to visit Mandi at the invitaion of Mandi's ruler Raja Sidh Sen. Guru Gobind Singh stayed here for a little over six months.Although the Raja invited Guru Gobind Singh to stay in his palace, Guru Gobind Singh set up tents on the bank of the nearby River Beas.Gurdwara Sri Padal Sahib marks the location of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji's camp. Instead, the Raja's family accomodated the Sikh women in palace.When Guru Gobind Singh was about to leave Mandi, Raja Sidh Sen visited Guru Ji near the banks of the Beas river. The Raja asked Guru Gobind Singh as to who would protect Mandi after his departure, who would save them from mughal emperor Aurangzeb's cruelty and terrorism. The Raja asked his question just as Guru Gobind Singh aimed his musket at a clay pitcher floating down the river. The Guru's musket ball pierced the pitcher but even with a hole in its side, the pitcher stayed intact and continued to float downstream.Guru Gobind Singh used the floating pitcher as a metaphor in his response. Guru Gobind Singh remarked, "Jaise Bachi yeh Handi, Waise Bachegi teri Mandi. Jo mandi ko lootan gae, aasmani goley chootey gein." "As this pitcher has survived, so shall Mandi be saved. If anyone tries to loot Mandi, musket balls will rain from the sky."Guru Gobind Singh was known to be an excellent marksman, both with a musket and with a bow. Some of his arrows, which were weighted with an ounce of gold, still exist in collections in Punjab. The ounce of gold was added to afford medicine for any attacker not killed by an arrow shot by the Guru. However, more often than not, the gold served to support of the victim's surviving family members.Some of Guru Gobind Singh's belongings are still preserved at Gurdwara Sri Padal Sahib; a Manji (Bed), a Rabab (musical instrument), a Bandookh (Musket), a Gun Kuppy (Powder horn) and a Talai (Mattress). In the river Beas, very near Gurdwara Sri Padal Sahib there is also a large rock where Guru Gobind Singh would often sit and pray to God during Guru Ji's stay in Mandi.