Location: 81-km via Nahan,
Houses: Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
and Paonta Fort
Famous As A: Sikh Pilgrimage
Paonta Sahib, a city sacred to
the memory of Guru Gobind Singh,
the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, is
also a bustling township with
growing industries. It retains
tangibly memorials to the
martial Guru in the form of his
weapons and a majestic Gurudwara
and recalls his presence even in
the name of the city which is
derived from "paon" meaning
"foot" either because he set
foot in this place or according
to an alternative story, because
he lost an ornament which he
wore on his foot called a "paonta"
while bathing in the river
Yamuna which flows here.
Overlooking the river is the
Gurudwara where Guru Gobind
Singh held court and wrote the
major portion of the "Dassam
Granth". The Guru also built the
Paonta Fort in over hundred
acres of land, which housed not
only his followers, but as many
as 46 famous poets. Regular
poetry reading sessions and
symposiums were organised to
encourage the sort form. The
guru left Paonta Sahib after the
battle of Bhangani with Raja
Fateh Shah, in which he defeated
the errant ruler's army after
thirty days of battle.
Gurudwara Paonta Sahib:
This site was Guru Gobind
Singh's home for over four years
and it was here that he wrote
the Dasam Granth. Within its
precincts are the Sri Tlab
Asthan where he disbursed
salaries and the Sri Dastar
Asthan were he judged the turban
-tying competitions. At the Kavi
Darbar Asthan poetic symposia
were held. There is also a
memorial to Kalpi Rishi and a
museum that displays pens of the
Guru and weapons of the time.
Yamuna Temple: This
ancient shrine is immediately
below the gurudwara and is
dedicated to the goddess Yamuna.
Gurudwara Tirgarh Sahib (22
km): This is built on the
hillock from where Guru Gobind
Singh shot arrows at the enemy.
Shrine of Baba Garib nath (8
km): Located in a sal forest
and with an excellent view of
the area, the shrine is revered
by childless women.
Ram Temple: Within Paonta
Sahib and also known as the 'Mandir
Shri Dei Ji Sahiba, this is
located near the Yamuna bridge.
With exquisite marble work, this
was built in 1889 in memory of
Raja Partap Chand of Kangra by
his wife who originally belonged
to Sirmour. The Kirpal Dass
Gurudwara is just part of the
Gurudwara Shergarh Sahib (12
km): At this spot Guru
Gobind Singh beheaded a
dangerous man-eating tiger with
a single swipe of this sword.
Simbalwara Widlife Sanctuary:
12 km off the main Paonta Sahib
Nahan road, this is known for a
variety of bird life.
Sirmour(16 km): Here are
the remains of the old capital
of the princely state of Sirmour.
The town is said to have been
destroyed by flood in the 11th
century, when it was cursed by a
Katasan Devi Temple (30 km):
Also known as Uttam Wala Bara
Ban, this is on the Paonta
Sahib-Nahan road. The Shrine is
revered by local people. At this
spot, the forces of Sirmour
defeated the maruding armies of
Ghulam Qadir Khan Rohiolla.
Fossil Park Saketi (60 km):
This was the site of the largest
fossil find in the Siwalik
hills. The park has a museum and
life-size models of the animals
that once roamed these tracts.