Day 442 | 28 March 2016 | Visit to Gurudwara Ber Sahib| The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Sri M waters a freshly planted sapling - Sultanpur Lodhi - Kapurthala
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  • Everyone is in a tree-planting mood - Sultanpur Lodhi - Kapurthala
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  • WOH Day 422 - Sultanpur Lodhi to Gurudwara Ber Sahib - Kapurthala
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  • The magnificent Gurudwara Ber Sahib - Kapurthala
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  • Inside the Gurudwara Ber Sahib - Kapurthala
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  • The place of Guru Nanak Dev's years of meditation - Gurudwara Ber Sahib - Kapurthala
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  • The Ber tree under which Guru Nanak sat - Gurudwara
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  • The holy waters of Kali Bein river into which Guru Nanak disappeared for 3 days - Kapurthala
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The activities started with a tree plantation drive under the stewardship of religious leader and environmentalist, Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal. It was a matter of great joy to the padayatris that the trees planted by them would form part of a garden in the park, adjacent to the Sultanpur Lodhi Railway Station. The Sant has amazing achievements to his credit, like the de-weeding and cleaning of the holy river Kali Bein, the effluent treatment and similar activities.

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The walk took the padayatris through very sacred territory. Guru Nanak's elder sister was married to a family in Sultanpur and being very close to his sister, he stayed with her for several years. The Gurudwara Bebe Nanaki is close to the place they stayed. The place where Guru Nanak forgot himself while distributing grains – as he reached the number 13 (therah) and went on distributing saying 'therah ,therah, therah' (a story oft repeated by Sri M) is also nearby. In a short while, the padayatris reached Gurudwara Ber Sahib. Guru Nanak meditated for more than 14 years in this area and one day disappeared after a dip in the Kali Bein river. He reappeared only after three days. The place, where he appeared, is the site of Gurudwara Santghat Sahib. The Saint also planted a Ber sapling in the vicinity. In 1937, the Gurudwara Ber Sahib was built around this. The padayatris drank in the ambience of these highly sanctified spots in Sikhism, nay spirituality itself. Next, Sri M and the yatris visited the Seechewal Trust on the banks of Kali Bein. The yatris had a rare opportunity to see a video depicting the colossal work done by Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal in cleaning up the holy river of Kali Bein, and related environmental protection initiatives. The Sant seems to be a powerhouse – propelled by Guru Nanak's ideals and his own vision. Next up was the Walk of Hope documentary which was much appreciated by the Sant and followers. Delicious langar lunch followed after which the yatris returned to the hotel.

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