I never thought that I would land up at such a holy place of Sikhs during my tour. When I was planning my this cycling expedition back in Delhi in January, I included Kiratpur Sahib as my pit stop where I could rest before leaving for Himachal Pradseh next day. But my one night stay here extended to three nights seeing the historical importance of this place and of Anandpur Sahib, 6 kilometers North of Kiratpur Sahib.
Kiratpur Sahib is the place where Sikh people immerse the ashes of their departed ones into Sutlej River. This city as founded by Guru Hargobind Sahib ji. The ashes of Sikh’s three gurus were immesed here, so it has become a sacred place to Sikh community. Guru Nanak also visited this place when there nothing here, complete wilderness. Two of Sikh gurus were born and brought up here. I am staying in a gurudwara here which is historical in its own sense, Gurudwara Patalpuri Sahib. Two Sikh gurus was cremated here and people come to this gurudwara to immerse their dead ones ashes in the water flowing behind this gurudwara.
I am happy and excited to have visited such places during my trip and hope more are still to come and they will come as I have planned.