Tree planting at Cambridge International School - Nakodar
WOH Day 444 - Cambridge International School to Murad Shah Dargah - Nakodar
Amidst the famed wheat fields of Punjab - Nakodar
Reception at Mandi Gate - Nakodar
Inside the Dargah of Murad Shah - Nakodar
A free surgical camp at Civil Hospital - Phagwara
Inside the Civil Hospital - Phagwara
Benefeciaries of the surgical camp - Civil Hospital
The Walk commenced from Cambridge International School, Nakodar. Nakodar is a tehsil of Jalandhar and is an old town, which was known as Kambhoja. The School is in its final stages of completion and Sri M planted saplings in the outer periphery of the school. The teachers and other staff of the school were courteous and hospitable to a fault and the walkers have, in a way, got used to this at other branches of the school as well.
The walk which went through the narrow streets of Nakodar town finally ended at one of the most interesting religious places visited during the walk. Baba Murad Shah ka Dargah is built like a Gurudwara and much of the insides resemble that of a mosque. This place is closely associated with three Sufi Saints, Baba Shere Shahji, Baba Murad Shahji and Sai Laadi Shahji.
The ambience inside was cool and soothing and all encompassing. The Dargah of Murad Shahji had an idol of Ganesha among other things, much to the amusement of many. Though many of the visitors did not know much about the history of the place or about the great souls associated with it, all seemed quite happy to come here, mainly for fulfillment of their desires. The welcome accorded to the padayatra was warm and the food served quite tasty.
The padayatris were told that Sai Laadi Shahji who died in 2006 was an exemplary holy man who did not care a hoot about the rich and famous who tried to become friendly with him. He was very eclectic and permitted all forms of worship here. After his death, his student and singer Gurdas Mann was asked to take up the mantle, but he refused, agreeing to visit the Dargah regularly for supervision.
The next stop was another place where another noble work was being accomplished. The venue was City Civil Hospital, Phagwara and a free surgical camp under the Sri Omkar Singh Memorial Trust was in progress. Sri M and select yatris visited the wards and enquired about the welfare of the admitted patients. After lunch, the padayatris returned by bus to Hotel President.