Prime Minister pays obeisance at Gurudwara Ber Sahib at Sultanpur Lodhi
KI Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Sultanpur Lodhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid obeisance at Gurudwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab.
Inside the main premises of the Gurudwara, the Prime Minister offered his prayers and was presented with a shawl by the priests. Thereafter PM Modi was given a tour of the premises and he visited the Ber tree under which Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is said to have meditated for over 14 years.
After the conclusion of the visit the Prime Minister departed for Dera Baba Nanak where he will inaugurate the Passenger Terminal Building and flag off the first Jatha of devotees to Kartarpur.
Gurudwara Ber Sahib
Gurudwara Ber Sahib, the principal shrine at Sultanpur, is situated on the bank of the rivulet Kali Bein. Guru Nanak Dev ji performed his morning ablutions in the Bein and then sat under a Ber (Zizyphus jujuba) tree to meditate. Guru Ji meditated at this tree daily for 14 years, nine months and 13 days. It was during one such ablution that Guru Nanak had what is described, in the Janam Sakhis, as a direct communion with the Divine. As the Janam Sakhis narrate the details, Guru Nanak one morning disappeared into the stream and was not seen for two days. When he reappeared at a spot, 2 km upstream, now known as Sant Ghat, the first words he uttered were, “No one is Hindu, No one is Musalman (Muslim).” Guru Nanak was now ready to embark on his long journeys. Gurudwara Ber Sahib is built by the side of an old ber tree which is believed to be the one under which Guru Nanak would sit in meditation.