Gurudwara Sri Baarth Sahib Pathankot
This Gurdwara is also known as Gurdwara Tap Asthan Baba Sri Chand Ji and is situated at a distance of 12 km Southwest of Pathankot City and about 3-4 km from Sarna railway station at Village Baarth. This Gurdwara is in the memory of Baba Sri Chand Ji, (the eldest son of First Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji), the visit of Fifth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji and the visit of Sixth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji.
Baba Sri Chand Ji was born in 1494 to Mata Sulakhni Ji at Sultanpur Lodhi (in Kapurthala District). Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Sister Bibi Nanaki Ji adopted Sri Chand Ji as her own son. When Guru Nanak Dev Ji left for his preaching tours (known as Udasis), Baba Sri Chand Ji with his Younger brother Baba Lakhmi Das Ji and Mother Sulakhni Ji came to Pakho-ke-Randhawe, where parents of Mata Sulakhni Ji used to reside. When Guru Nanak Dev Ji settled at Kartarpur (now in Pakistan), during the later part of his life, entire family moved there. After Guru Nanak Dev Ji left for his heavenly abode, Baba Sri Chand Ji came to the place where Gurdwara Dera baba Nanak is situated. But Baba Ji loved solitude. Mother of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Mata Tripta Ji belonged to Village Baarth. So Baba Sri Chand Ji came to this Village. At that time a dense forest existed at this place. Baba Ji on seeing this secluded place started meditating and lived at this place for a considerable period of time.
Baba Sri Chand Ji with his disciple Bhai kamalya Ji went to Amritsar from Baarth Sahib to meet Fourth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Ram Das Ji. Guru Ji came forward to receive Baba Ji with respect. Guru Ji asked Baba Ji to sit on his own seat and offered Rs. 500 and a horse. Baba Ji was very pleased and asked Guru Ji, “Why have you grown such a long beard?” Guru Ji replied, “It is to wipe the feet of the holy people like you.” Guru Ji bent down and wiped Baba Ji’s feet. After staying for 2-3 days, Baba Sri Chand Ji came back to Baarth Sahib.
After sometime Baba Sri Chand Ji sent Bhai Kamalya Ji to Amritsar to invite Fifth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji to Baarth Sahib. When Guru Arjun Dev Ji reached Baarth sahib, Baba Ji was meditating. Everyday Guru Ji used to come to this place, where Baba Ji was meditating and kept waiting for Baba Ji to complete his meditation. This continued for 6 Months. The place where Guru Ji kept standing everyday, Pillar known as Thamm sahib is constructed. When Baba Ji opened his eyes, he received Guru Ji with respect. Guru Ji had discussions with Baba Ji. Guru Ji recited his 16 Ashtpadis. Baba Ji asked Guru Ji to utter 24 Ashtpadis. Guru Ji asked Baba Ji to add to ‘Sukhmani Sahib’ Prayer. Baba Ji uttered this Shalok : “Aaad Sach Jugad Such Hai Bhi Such Nanak Hosi Bhi Such.” Guru Ji collected some Pothies (Holy books) from Baba Ji for compilation of ‘Sri Adi Granth.’
The Sixth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji with his Family visited Baarth Sahib to pay homage to Baba Ji. Baba Ji asked Guru Ji, “Will you keep all your sons with yourself or offer anyone to me ?” Guru Ji offered his eldest son Baba Gurditta Ji. Baba Sri Chand Ji appointed Baba Gurditta Ji as his successor and head of Udasi Sect.
Baba Sri Chand Ji got a Baoli dug up here to relieve his followers of physical ills. A Sarovar has been constructed on both sides of Baoli. The place where Baba Ji buried a branch of Beri tree, a full fledged Beri tree exists now. A samadh of Bhai Kamalya Ji is located nearby.