Pathar Sahib Gurudwara: Ladakh Travel Guide

Introduction

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a highly revered gem located 25 miles away from Leh town on Kargil Leh Highway. Devoted to Guru Nanak Devi Ji, the founder of Sikh Religion, the sacred place beautifully commemorate his visit to Ladakh. Dating back to 1517, the Gurudwara houses a boulder with imprints of the head, shoulders and backside of Shree Guru Nanak Dev.
Not only the Sikh and Hindu devotees but Tibetans also bow down here and worship the presiding deity as Lama Nanak or Guru Gompa Maharaj. A legend is associated with the place and makes it a famous pilgrimage spot for the people visiting Leh- Ladakh.

History of the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

On flipping the pages of History, it can be found that Guru Nanak Dev marked his presence here in1517-18. Upon his onward journey to Punjab via Srinagar, after visiting to Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet, the holy soul decided to rest at the place.
However, as per the folklore, the stay of Guru Nanak Dev Ji was not so easy. As a cruel demon existed on the opposite hill who use to frighten the people by eating them after killing. Thus, the natives pleaded to the almighty for help. Upon hearing their plights, the revered saint decided to help them. Eventually, he settled down on the bank of the river below the hill where the unkind creature dwelled. The first Sikh Guru started delivering sermons to people and hence became popular. This increased the rage of the demon and he decided to kill Guru Nanak Dev.

To fulfill his plans, he threw a huge rock on the respected Guru who was meditating at the foothills. But as they say, ‘Jako Rakhe Saiyan, Maar Sake Na Koi’, and when the person in question is God himself, miracles are obvious! Baba Nanak was not harmed even an inch as the rock transformed like molten wax and took his shape. This rendered the demon in an utter state of shock. Instigated with anger, the devil again tried to implement his plan by kicking the rock with all his strength. And this time also a miracle took place.  The foot of the ‘rakshasa’ was imprinted on the molten stone. Acknowledging the powers and the immortality of the Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the demon stopped troubling him and the people of that place.

Lord Nanak returned and this event was forgotten for over a long haul. It was in late 1970s that the holy boulder came into picture again during the construction of the Leh-Nimu Road. Construction work was paused because of this and all the efforts were made to move the rock. Even bulldozer were incorporated to pave the way by removing the stone. However, everything went in vain. That night people including the driver of the bulldozer had envisioned of a supreme power ordering them not to move the boulder. The entire incident was brought into the attention of the army officers who didn’t pay any head to it. They apparently decided to blow that rock.

To the surprise of army officer, he also had the same dream of not to move the rock. Ignoring the dream he started working for the same on the next morning. But, this time he along with other workers were confronted with several Ladakhis and Lamas who narrated the entire incident of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the unveiled the mystery behind the sacred rock. Later, a Gurudwara was built over there with the help of locals, army officials and Lamas which came to be known as Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. Since then, the holy place that now shelters the boulder is worshipped by both the Sikh sangat and local Lamas. The Indian Army is continuously making efforts to maintain the shrine from the day it was constructed.

Opening and Closing Time of Pathar Sahib Gurudwara

The Pathar Sahib Gurudwara remains open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, all the days of the week.

How to Reach Pathar Sahib Gurudwara from Leh?

Upon reaching Leh, one can take the taxi to cover a distance of 25 km from road which is in good condition.

Activities to do at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

  • Bow down at the holy shrine to seek blessings
  • Savor the tasty Langar, Prasad in form of food
  • Partake in the Seva with full devotion. Seva means to lead a helping hand in distributing food, wash the dishes, cooking the food etc.

Nearby attractions to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

Besides the serenity of the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, one can also plan to unravel at some of the attractions nearby.

  • Magnetic Hill – The gravity hill creates an illusion of the downhill road to be an uphill road. The place is a must-visit for defying the laws of gravity. When you have travelled so far, do cover another 3 km to reach one of the top attraction in Leh.
  • Basgo Gompa – A Monastery that is famous for featuring Buddha murals and statues 
  • Hemis National Park – Witness the snow leopards in the wild.
  • Phyang Monastery – A huge complex which houses many holy shrines within the complex.
     

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