Gurdwara Rori Sahib

After Babur destroyed Saidpur, Guru Nanak, and his followers stayed at the place now known as Gurdwara Sri Rori Sahib Eminabad. As mentioned in Bhai Gurdas Varan 1, Guru Nanak had to sit and lay down on a rough bed of pebbles (small stones) called the “Rori” in Punjabi. Guru Nanak was in Saidpur in 1521 when Babar’s forces invaded Punjab. During the occupation of Saidpur, many villagers were detained, including Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak was seated on the pebbles at Gurdwara Sri Rori Sahib Eminabad and was praising God at the time of the arrest. At the location of the pebbles, there is a Gurdwara.

Over there, an enormous Gurdwara has been erected. It is more elegant because of the big pond and other structures. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, an extensive property worth Rs. 5000 per year and 9 squares of agricultural land were donated to the Gurdwara.

This was the town’s most prominent gurdwara. Its main structure is a three-story, truncated brick building with three chhatri-like structures on top. The central building is covered in a large gumbaz (dome), flanked by smaller chhatris (dome-shaped pavilions) on either side. It is adjacent to a rectangular hall on the left side of the entrance. To the right of the main entry tower, a massive sarovar that is encircled by low walls on two of its sides is positioned awkwardly. A room with a particularly magnificent ribbed white lotus dome and a circumambulatory verandah may be found near the back of the complex. The pebbled area where Guru Nanak was detained is covered by this room.

Before Partition, Eminabad was well-known for its seven-day Vaisakhi festival, which featured popular Sangat gatherings of Sikhs at Gurdwara Sri Rori Sahib in addition to the traditional entertainment and a cattle market. Soon after the Punjab was divided on August 15, 1947, a mob of Muslim fundamentalists set fire to the multi-story building. The Gurdwara’s structure was in decline, but the Pakistani government stopped the decay by performing repairs and erecting a boundary wall.