Paonta Sahib

Poanta Sahib

Poanta Sahib

On the borders of Uttarakand and Himachal Pradesh, there is a small town of Poanta Sahib on the banks of river Yamuna. My memories to this place are interestingly linked a question in U P PCS exams almost 19 years ago. To a question that in which state Poanta Sahib was situated, I had answered, Uttarakhand and which led to loss of precious marks. So recently on a trip to the area nearby, I persuaded my group to visit the place and bow our heads in famous Sikh shrine of Poanta Sahib.

Inside the Shrine

Inside the Shrine

We reached in the morning in the first week of April. As per Sikh customs we covered our heads and went inside. All of us prostrated before Guru Granth Sahib, as per Sikh tradition and sat inside the Gurudwara in peace, reciting the name of God peacefully. The Granthis were singing Guruwani and one of them offered us the Halwa prasad. We came out after some time and moved on to Guru ka Langar.

The Prayer Hall

The Prayer Hall

It is one noble Sikh tradition to offer food to all those who are hungry and are devotees. Inside the Langar, we picked up thalis from a pile and sat on a mat on the floor. We had delicious daal-roti and tea as prasad, which all of us enjoyed with devotion. Feeling happy and blessed we came out of  Gurudwara. Just on the gate of Gurudwara, there was a young man selling colorful ice-candy or baraf-ka-gola. The kids were first to demand it and the elders joined soon. Eventually all of us had colorful and tasty ice candies and really enjoyed the treat. It was a great trip in totality.

Waiting for my turn for Ice-Ccndy

Waiting for my turn for Ice-Ccndy

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