Amritsar to Gurudwara Ber Sahib

One of the most favored and widely popular pilgrimages is from Amritsar to Gurudwara Ber Sahib. Situated in Sultanpur Lodhi, Gurudwara Ber Sahib is a Sikh pilgrimage center in the Kapurthala district of the Indian state of Punjab and can be covered as an excursion from Amritsar.

Ber Sahib is easily accessible from the bustling city of Amritsar, situated at a distance of just 66 km Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first prophet Sikh Guru, spent 14 years nine months and 13 days of his life here in Sultanpur Lodhi. The holy shrine of Gurudwara Ber Sahib is situated on the bank of the river Kaali Bein that flows around half a kilometer away from the old town, in the western direction.

The Gurudwara Ber Sahib is built in the vicinity of a Ber (Zizyphus jujuba) tree, whose sapling is believed to have been planted by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Ber tree still stands in all its glory.

The beautiful edifice was originally built by Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia who was also the founder of Kapurthala. Later on, the present building was built under the supervision and instruction of Maharajah Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala between the years of 1938 - 1942. With its serenity the Kapurthala Gurudwara Ber Sahib stands majestically all in mosaic and marble.

The portico of the Gurudwara is beared by octagonal columns and the plinth inside stands high. An archway adorned by intrinsic floral patterns leads to the sanctum sanctorum where the Guru Granth Sahib is placed with due honor on a throne.

It is believed, that just near to the site of Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Guru Nanak attained enlightenment, started preaching Sikhism and created 'Sukhmani Sahib'. This brings forth thousands of devotees every year from Amritsar to Gurudwara Ber Sahib as well as from other places of India.

Last Updated on 14 January 2011