Gurudwaras in Pakistan
Narali is a Village in Jatali police circle of tahsil Gujjar Khan in Rawalpindi district. The nearest railway station to it is Daulatala about 10 kilometres away. Guru Hargobirid visited it during his journey to Kashmir, to meet a Sikh recluse, Gurbakhsh commonly called Gurbakhsh Tapa (lit. ascetic practising austerities). The Shrine here was initially named as Samadh Tapa Harbaris, but later came to be known as Gurudwara Chevin Patshahl.
Rohtas town in Jhelum district is five kilometres west of Dina railway station. Gurudwara Choha Sahib dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev is just outside the Rohtas Fort to the north of it. This Shrine is based on a legend similar to that related to Panja Sahib. It Is said that inhabitants here depended for water supply on a spring controlled by yogis of Tilla Bal Gudal about 14 kilometres away. At their request, Guru Nanak Dev diverted the water of the spring to the seasonal Ghan stream flowing past Rohtas so that it may become a perennial source of water. Gurudwara Choha Sahib is situated on the bank of this stream (choa or choha in Punjabi).
Rohtas is also known to the Sikhs for its being the birth-place of Mata Sahib Devari, Guru Gobirid Singh’s spouse commonly regarded as Mother of the Khalsa.
Gujrat is the headquarters of a district of the same name. Guru Hargobirid visited it on his way back from Kashmir in 1620. He had a discourse here with Shah Daula, a Muslim saint. Gurudwara Chheviri Patshahi commemorating the Guru’s visit is situated near Kabuli Gate.
The district town of Sialkot was visited at least twice by Guru Nanak Dev. The first time he stayed outside the town under a her tree. He had a discourse with a Sufi saint Haruza Ghaus who had shut himself in a domed room and was praying for the destruction of the town because one of its residents had gone back on his word to dedicate his son to the saint. Guru Nanak Dev argued him out of his resolve telling him how sinful it would be to punish the entire population for the fault of a single citizen. To illustrate his meaning, Guru Nanak Dev gave two pice to Bhai Mardana and told him to go inside the town and purchase one pice worth of truth and another pice worth of falsehood. Mardana roamed about the streets with his demand which nobody could meet because nobody would understand the strange requirement. At last one Bhai Mula gave Mardana two slips bearing respectively two terse statements, ‘Life is false’ and ‘Death is true’. When Mardana brought back his ‘purchase’, the Guru explained to Hamza Ghaus, “Look, as there is an unwise one whose falsehood has angered you, so there is this wise one whose understanding of truth and falsehood should please your saintly heart.” Hamza Ghaus understood and gave up his harsh resolve. Guru Nanak then met Bhai Mula, who became his follower and accompanied him during his travels in Kashmir.
On another occasion, Guru Nanak Dev again called on Bhai Mula, whose wife hid him inside the house lest the Guru should again take him away. She told the Guru that her husband had gone out of town. The Guru left after reciting a couplet which meant: “Friendship of shopkeepers is false; who knows, O Mula, where Death may befall.” According to Meharban Janamsakhi, Bhai Mula, when he learnt what the Guru had said, was struck with remorse for hiding himself from the Guru at his wife’s bidding. He died soon after.
Two historical Shrines exist at Sialkot. Gurudwara Babe di Ber estabIished by Sardar Natha Singh of Shahid Misl, who donated his entire life to it, is situated near the her tree under which the Guru had stayed. It is outside the town across the Aik stream, along the Sialkot-Pasrur road. The building was reconstructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It as a two-storey octagonal sanctum topped by a fluted dome and an all-round verandah on the ground floor. It was with the occupation of this Gurudwara by the local Sikh Sarigat on 5th October 1920 that the Gurudwara Reform Movement got momentum.
The other Shrine at Sialkot is Gurudwara Baoli Sahib in the Western outskirts of the town near the sialkotaska road. It represents the site where Guru Nanak Dev stayed during his second visit.