Sikh & Hindu Holy Places

    Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib
  1. Pakistan is home to one of the most significant Sikh sites of worship. Nankana Sahib is a city near Lahore and is named after the very first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak, as it was his birthplace. The Gurdwara Janam Asthan, built by the parents of Guru Nanak Dev, was built in 1600 CE, making it not only a place of worship, but also that of rich history. Mahraja Ranjit Singh built the current structure of the Gurdwara, adding a square, along with domed sanctum with a rectangular pavilion attached to it within a vast walled compound.



  4. Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir, Karachi

  1. It’s one of the oldest temples of oldest temples of Karachi and is said to be 1500 years old. This mandir is unique as it is the only temple in the world that contains an original statue of the Hindu god ‘Hanuman’, being in a natural state and is not man made. Therefore this temple holds great significance to Hindus all over the world, giving the Hindus of Pakistan another reason to be proud of their heritage.

  2. Katasraj Temple, Punjab

  1. This breathtaking site belongs to the deity of Lord Shiva and legend has it that the clear mystical pond that lies between the temples are believed to be the tears of Shiv upon loosing Sita. The temple has been there since Mahabharata and the holy place comprises of ‘Satgraha’ which are seven seats of distinct deities in its very premises. It has become a popular sight not only for tourists, but also for Hindus who come here to worship. It has the remains of a Buddhist Stupa and the holy pond is bathed in on several occasions as it is said to possess powers that could wash you of all your sins.

  1. Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore

  1. Remember that Gurdwara that we always see next to the majestic Badshahi Masjid? It has always intrigued me a lot and I have always wondered how it was made and when. Well, here’s how it was built. The Gurdwara Dera Sahib was built upon the place where Guru Arjun Dev Ji was martyred in the River Ravi in 1606 AD. It was here that late Mahraja Ranjit Singh built a small gurdwara which was later reformed in 1934 AD. The dome is gold-plated and the floors are cemented and the front is built in marble, here proper rituals are observed on a daily basis. It is also plays an integral role during yearly festivals for Sikhs.

  1. Hinglaj Mata Temple, Balochistan

  1. Legend dictates that Sati’s father, Pajapati Daksh, was agains the marriage of Shiva–Sati’s. In an act of defiance, as she was not invited to to a ‘yajna’ that her father hosted, she jumped into the fire and committed suicide. However, her body did not burn and so Shiva searched the world with her corpse and upon finding Vishnu, her body was dismembered into 52 pieces out of which, it is said that her head fell at this ‘Shakti Peeth’ which is now known as Hinglaj Mandir. This mandir holds great significance to Hindus from all parts of the world.

  1. Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal, Rawalpindi

  1. Some 45 km from Rawalpindi on the main G.T road is the Attock District in which Hasan Abdal is a small flourishing town. Hasan Abdal's running waters and springs have always helped it stay as a cultural nucleus in a populous region. The Sikh "Gurduwara (Temple) of Panja Sahib" at Hasan Abdal is the famous Sikh pilgrimage center and Sikh pilgrims from all over the world flocked here every year in the month of April for the Baisakhi Festival. The temple situated in the center of the town depicts typical Sikh architecture and stands in the middle of a large stone water tank beside the huge stone with the large hand print of Guru Nanak. In 1928, a new and magnificent three storied temple in gray sand stone was build. The new temple building is designed after the style of the Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Lahore, a mixture of Hindu and Muslim architectural features. The site of Panja Sahib is a sacred spot from the Buddhist times.

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  1. Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: (1780-1839) Lahore

  1. This mausoleum of the powerful ruler of the Sikh dynasty is situated just opposite the Lahore Fort. His Samadh occupies the spot where he was cremated. The architecture is mixture of Mughal and Hindu styles. This building was built in 1848 A.D by Kharak Singh son of Ranjit Singh. The square roof with a central fluted dome is crowded around with Naga hood designs. In the center of the sepulchral chamber is a small four column domed marble pavilion beautifully decorated with pietra aura work. In this pavilion is a marble urn in the form of lotus containing ashes of the Maharaja. Eleven smaller knobs hold ashes of four queen and seven slave girls. The interior of the chamber is elaborately decorated with fresco pertaining to Sikh gurus etc. Kharak Singh, the successor of Ranjit Singh, died in 1840 and their ashes rest side by side with his son Naunihal Singh in the domes of Ranjit Singh's mausoleum.

    1. Shrine of Guru Aryan Dev (1563- 1606 A.D) Lahore

    1. This shrine was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the memory of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru who complied the Adi Granth, the principal part of Sikh scriptures. This shrine has highly gilded attractive dome. The followers of Guru Arjan Singh assert that it is the same spot where Guru Arjan Dev miraculously disappeared in 1606 A.D. in the waters of river Ravi.

    1. Palace Of Maharani Jindan - Beloved Of Ranjit Singh

    1. Maharani Jindan, known well for her beauty was the wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and mother to Maharaja Dalip Singh. In 1861, Daleep travelled to India and brought his mother to Britain. He was not permitted to visit Punjab and had an emotional reunion with his mother, meeting her after nearly 14 years, in Calcutta, which was then the capital of British India. Maharani Jind was perceived by the British as a bad influence and an intriguer by disposition. Back in London, she was not allowed to live with Daleep and was lodged up in Kensington in west London. Her residence was a source of wonder for her London neighbours who would often stop to have a look at the basement, where her Indian cooks would be busy preparing her food, and sniff the pungent smells of Indian curry! Maharani Jind Kaur had wanted her ashes to be interred at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh memorial in Lahore. British suspicions about Maharani Jind were not unfounded; she informed Daleep about the supposed prophecy of the tenth Sikh guru regarding an exiled prince who would come back to rule Punjab. This prophecy would bother Daleep’s mind a lot in years to come. Maharani was in poor health, nearly blind, and suddenly died in 1863. Daleep again travelled to India to cremate her in Bombay as he was not allowed to visit Punjab, although his mother had wanted her ashes to be interred at Maharaja Ranjit Singh memorial in Lahore.

    1. Sadhu Bela Temple Sukkur

    1. There is a Hindu temple on the island, founded in 1823 by Swami Bakhandi Maharaj Udasi; the gaily-painted buildings are, however, more or less modern. The place is held in high esteem by Hindus throughout Sindh and even in India, occasionally attracting pilgrims from across the border.

    1. Takht-e-Babri

    1. Takht-e-Babri (in Urdu - تختہ بابری ) is a tourist destination in Kallar Kahar, Chakwal District in Punjab, Pakistan. It is located 25 kilometres southwest of Chakwal along the motorway. Takht-e-Babri is a flat stage and throne cut out of stone by the 1st Mughal Emperor King Babur to address his army while coming down from Kabul in the quest of the crown of Delhi.

    1. Salt Mine in Kallat Kahar

    1. The Salt Range comprises two rows of low lying rugged hills that run east to west between the Soan and Jhelum rivers from the Grand Trunk Road, near Jhelum city to the River Indus, near Kalabagh. This area is said to record 600 million years of Earth’s history. Its name comes from the vast deposits of rock salt exposed and mined at Khewra. The tour will take you to Khewra, the largest Salt Mines in the world, the fort and temples of Hindu Shahi period (8-10 century A.D.) at Katas and Malot and the beautiful lakes at Kalar Kahar, Uchali, Khabaki and Jhalar which attract thousands of migratory birds each year. This tour will also give you a chance to take a close look at the typical village lifestyle of Northern Punjab.