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Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Karnal Overview

The Gurudwara Manji Sahib is one of the top attractions in the Karnal district of Haryana. It is a place of great historical and religious significance. It is associated with the Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru. A vast number of devotees visit this gurudwara to seek the blessings of Waheguru. It is known as the best gurudwara in Karnal and is famous for its celebrations during all Sikh festivals. The Gurudwara Manji Sahib also provides food and shelter to people from all religions and creeds.

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History of Gurudwara Manji Sahib

The first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji is believed to have visited Karnal during his travels in the year of 1515. He stayed in a garden, where he sat and recited several hymns in praise of the Lord. Soon, he gained some ardent devotees. The Muslim Pirs or holy men in this region grew jealous of Guru Nanak Ji’s increasing number of followers. The Head of the Muslim group decided to take revenge by moving a wall on which he was sitting, towards Guru Nanak Ji. However, the wall stopped moving when the Pir reached the vicinity of Guru Nanak Ji. He admitted his mistake of trying to use his miraculous powers to defeat Guru Ji. He got down from the wall and went on foot to pay his respects to the Guru. The all-knowing Guru Nanak Ji, then, advised him to give up such useless practices and instead use his spiritual powers for the welfare of the people. Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji, the Sixth Guru, is also said to have visited Karnal.

Best Time to Visit Gurudwara Manji Sahib

All the Sikh festivals are celebrated spectacularly at the Gurudwara Manji Sahib. They are the best times to visit the shrine to witness it at its peak glory. The entire structure is decorated and illuminated. Several families gather here and take part in the prayers, hymns recitals and other festivities. A sweet pudding or prasad is distributed to the whole gathering.

How to Reach Gurudwara Manji Sahib

The Gurudwara Manji Sahib is located on the Sarafa Road in Karnal. It is at a distance of 1 km from the famous Grand Trunk Road. Once in the city of Karnal, you can catch an auto rickshaw or a local bus to the Gurudwara. Alternatively, you can opt to hire a cab or a private taxi.

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