Gurudwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib – Pillibhit
Gurudwara Sri Guru HarGobind Sahib ji is situated in the Pillibhit City in UttarPradesh. Gurudwara Sahib is situated in the interior of old city. Across the Lakkar Bazar(Wood Market). On request of Baba Almast ji Sri Guru HarGobind Sahib ji came to Gurudwara NanakMata Sahib. On this Sidhs send a request to Raja BajBahadur of Pillibhit for help against Guru Sahib. But when Raja Bahadur saw Sri Guru HarGobind Sahib ji, he fell on the feet of Guru Sahib, as he was one from 52 Rulers got freed from Gwalior Fort by Guru Sahib. Raja BajBahadur then further requested Guru Sahib to accompany him to his City Pillibhit. Guru Sahib came along with Raja and stayed over here. Guru Sahib preached people here. There was a Kohri (Leper)and blind person. When he put Guru Sahib’s Feet dust to his eyes, His eye sight came back. He then requested Guru Sahib to cure him from Kohar(Leprosy) also, Guru Sahib asked him to take up the service of brooming daily(Jhaaru di seva).
Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji visit to the site of Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Pillibhit resulted from Guru Ji’s visit to Nanakmatta.
Baba Almast Sahib was taking care of Gurdwara Sri Nanak Matta Sahib where Guru Nanak had visited and sat under a Pipal tree. However, Baba Almast was pestered by Gorakh Panthi’s. They wanted Baba Almast to vacate the place as they wanted to re-establish their centre there. Baba Almast was expelled from his Gurdwara by the yogi’s.
More importantly, the hindu yogi’s (sidhs) also burnt the sacred Pipal tree under which Guru Nanak Sahib Ji had held debate with the followers of Gorakh Nath. Gurdwara Sri Almast Sahib is located where Baba Almast would meditate on God’s name.
On account of Baba Almast’s troubles, Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji visited Nanak Matta. When Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji arrived with his Sikhs, he sprinkled some water and saffron on the pipal tree and made it alive again. The yogi’s tried to scare Guru Hargobind. They tried to make a show of their supernatural powers, but had no effect on the Guru, and thus retreated. Guru Hargobind Sahib took the possession of the place again and restored it.
The yogi’s sent a message to Raja Baj Bahadur of Pilibhit for help with a request for force to be used against an unknown person (Guru Hargobind). When Raja Baj Bahadur arrived with his men he recognised Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji and fell at his feet (the Raja was one of 52 Raja’s that had been freed by Guru Ji from Gwalior). The Raja took Guru Hargobind back to Pilibhit and gave him great respect. The yogis finally understood what it means to be a Sikh and some changed faith.
Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Pillibhit commemorates Guru Hargobind’s visit in Pillibhit. Guru Hargobind held diwans here and preached to the local people. There was a Kohri (Leper) and blind person. When he put the dust of Guru Hargobind’s feet on his eyes, his sight returned. The man asked to be cured from Kohar (Leprosy) and Guru Hargobind asked him to take up jhaaru di seva. The man was soon cured.