Panja Sahib (ਗੁਰੂਦਵਾਰਾ ਪੰਜਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ) is situated at Hasan Abdal
, 48 km from Rawalpindi
. This is one of the most holy places of Sikhism
because of the presence of a rock believed to have the hand print of Guru Nanak
imprinted on it. Twice a year, Sikhs
visit this Gurdwara
from all over the world.
<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Shri Guru Nanak
Dev Ji along with Bhai Mardana Ji reached Hasan Abdal
in Baisakh Samwat 1578 B.K. corresponding to 1521 ACE in the summer season. Under a shady cool tree, Guru Nanak
and Bhai Mardana
started reciting Kirtan
and their devotees gathered around. This annoyed Wali Qandhari
but he was helpless.
According to legend, Bhai Mardana was sent three times to Wali Qandhari by (Guru Nanak) so that he would provide him with some water to quench his thirst. Wali Qandhari refused his request and was rude to him. In spite of this, Mardana still very politely stuck to his demand. The Wali ironically remarked : Why don't you ask your Master whom you serve?
Mardana went back to the Guru in a miserable state and said "Oh lord! I prefer death to thirst but will not approach Wali the egoist."
The Guru replied " Oh Bhai Mardana ! Repeat the Name of God, the Almighty; and drink the water to your heart's content."
The Guru put aside a big rock lying nearby and a pure fountain of water sprang up and began to flow endlessly. Bhai Mardana quenched his thirst... Read More