(Last Updated on : 05/02/2014)
Pilgrimage tourism in Gurdaspur District includes visits to several shrines and temples. Travellers from all parts of the country come and explore the holy sites offered by pilgrimage tourism in Gurdaspur District. There are various temples and Gurudwaras that also have huge historical significance.
Some of the popular pilgrimage sites of Gurdaspur District are as follows -
Mahakaleshwar Temple at Kalanaur
: Since time immemorial, a big Shivaratri fair is held every year in the Mahakaleshwar temple on the occasion of Shivaratri
when a large number of devotees gather here to offer their prayers.
: Barath Sahib is situated 13 kms west of Pathankot
city. The Gurudwara of Barath Sahib is associated with Baba Sri-Chand, elder son of Guru Nanak
. Baba Sri-Chand is the founder of Udasi sect.
Dera Baba Nanak
: Dera Baba Nanak is situated 45 kms west of Gurdaspur. This place is associated with Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The two famous Gurudwaras at Dera Baba Nanak are Sri Darbar Sahib and Sri Chola Sahib.
: Achal Sahib is 8 kms from Batala on Batala Jalandhar road. This is associated with Guru Nanak Dev and Kartik, the son of Lord Shiva
: On the opposite side of Gurudwara, there is Achaleshwar Temple. According to local sources, this temple belongs to Satyug period and is related to Lord Kartik.
Gurudwara Sri Kandh Sahib
: This pious place is associated with Guru Nanak Dev Ji's marriage.
: Dhianpur is situated 19 kms north of Batala. The town is associated with Baba Lal Ji, who is said to have lived during the time of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan
. There is a mythological brief associated with this place, which says that one who takes bath in the baoli on a moonlit night of Saturday the person will be blessed with a son.
: Gurdas Nangal, which is associated with Banda Singh Bahadar's last battle with Mughals, is situated about 7 kms west of Gurdaspur
. Bhai Duni Chand's Haveli earlier known as 'Bande Wali Theh' is about one mile from the present village of Gurdas Nangal.
: Sri Hargobindpur is situated about 45 kms south of Gurdaspur city. This area was formerly known as 'Rohila'. Guru Arjan Dev
, the fifth Guru of Sikhs founded the town of Sri Hargobindpur in 1595 AD in memory of his son Hargobind's birth.
Mukeshwar Temple at Shahpur Kandi
: This temple is situated on the bank of Ravi River
. It is about 8 kms north east of Shahpur Kandi. This temple is the earliest relics of antiquity. These are said to date back to the period of Pandavas
Pandori Dham Temple, Gurudwara Chola Sahib Dera Baba Nanak, Shrine of Brave Haqiqat Rai (1724 - 1731 AD) at Batala and Shrine of Dhianpur Sri Baba Lal Dyal Ji are some of the other noteworthy pilgrimage sites that are worth exploring.