Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh

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Address: NH 1D, Phey, Jammu and Kashmir 194101, Leh, India

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About Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh

25 miles west of Leh is a 16th century Gurudwara built to commemorate the visit of Sikh saint and founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nakak to Ladakh. Legend says a demon attacked the saint here with a rock while he was meditating, and upon contact, the rock melted, forming a depression in the shape of the meditating mystic. The rock was discovered by lamas in 1970 during the construction of the Leh-Nimu highway. Now maintained by the Army, the Gurudwara is a quick but popular stop. All that you have to see here is the stone.

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  • There is no place to eat or sleep here.

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  • No entry fees

How To reach Gurudwara Pathar Sahib by Public Transport

  • By Car

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Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh Reviews

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  • It's one of best places to visit around leh. Langar served by army personnel is nice. Though a religious place shouldn't be compared for beauty, but I must say it is beautiful , calm and serene. One must stop if going by this road

  • Calm and peaceful gurudwara.. it has a historical significance.. place is well maintained..

  • Jai babe di chardi kala baksho, you must stop for Darshan and langar

  • A religious place near Leh..It provides peace of mind..It is a place where Guru Nanak had visited..At present maintained by Indian army..Has good service even in cold weather..The religious hymns and songs makes us enchanted..Langar is nice..View from the top is beautiful

  • Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, is one of the major tourist attractions around Leh. The historical Gurudwara, which enshrines the memory of the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev’s visit to the then, nearly unsurmountable region about 500 years back, is located about 25km away from the main Leh town on Leh-Nimmu road and is maintained by the Army. The locals fondly refer to the Guru as ‘Nanak Lama’. “According to a local legend, once a wicked demon live in the area who terrorized the people where the Gurudwara is now situated. The people prayed to the Almighty for help. It is said that Guru Nanak heard their woes and came to their aid. He settled down on the bank of the river below the hill where the wicked demon lived. The Guru blessed the people with sermons and became popular in the area. The locals called him Nanak Lama. Seeing this, the demon got into a rage and decided to kill Guru Nanak Dev. One morning when the Guru was sitting in meditation, the demon pushed a large patthar (boulder), down from the hilltop, with the intention of killing the Guru. The boulder gained speed as it rumbled down the hillside, but when it touched the Guru's body, it softened like warm wax and came to a halt against Guru Nanak's back. The Guru kept on meditating unhurt and undisturbed. Thinking that the Guru had been killed, the demon came down and was taken aback to see the Guru deep in meditation. In a fit of anger, he tried to push the boulder with his right foot, but as the patthar still had the softness of warm wax, his foot got embedded in it. Pulling his foot from the boulder the demon was dumbfounded to see the impression his foot had just left in the stone. On seeing this, the demon realized his own powerlessness in comparison to the spiritual power of the great Guru. He fell at the feet of Guru Nanak Dev and begged for forgiveness. Guru Sahib advised him to get rid of his wicked ways and asked him to lead a life of a noble person. This changed the life of the demon, who gave up evil deeds and started serving the people. Guru Nanak Dev thereafter continued his holy journey towards Srinagar via Kargil. The patthar pushed down by the demon, with the imprint of the body of Guru Nanak Dev and the footprint of the demon, is at present on display in Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. It is said that since the visit of Guru Sahib (in 1517) to the building of the roadway in 1965, the local Lamas had held the patthar sacred and offered prayers to it as, no doubt, they do to this day.”

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