Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Leh

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See an impressive, colorful, and intriguing place of worship at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib. Located at the spot where a demon reportedly attacked Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion, the sahib centers around a rock that the demon threw at the guru. Meditating at the time, the Guru's powers made the rock as soft as wax, and today it bears an impression from where the demon tried to kick it. The site tells the interesting legend that inspired it, and the story of collaboration between army officials, Buddhists, and local sikhs that brought it about in the late 1970s. Prepare for high altitudes and cold weather in winter. Plan my Leh trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • There is a beautiful story behind this Gurudwara. I recommend to visit and experience this place by your own...!!  more »
  • very god exp, all military people are manging the Gurudwara , Patter sahib had its own history and every body in Gurudwara are very humble and polite  more »
  • Very nicely maintained Gurdwara by forces and as we were told Guru Nanak ji visited the place and there is a related story behind it, Forces offer delicious langar(food) to visitors every day.  more »
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  • 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.”
  • A gurudwara before entering the town of Leg built in the memory of visit of Guru Nanak Dev. Inside the Gurudwara there is a big stone which is sacred. This Gurudwara is managed by Indian Army and tea and snacks are also served as langar. In front of the Gurudwara, there is a hill where Chardi Kala has been inscripted.
  • Maintained by Indian Army, Enjoy Langar alot after long road trip
  • Excellent place. Extremely well maintained by army. One experiences peace and happiness here. Very clean

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With all its history, architecture, and scenery, you won't be surprised to learn that Leh possesses plenty of accommodations. A number of hotels with standard rooms sit on the fringes of the old town area, while a few more exclusive options lie a little farther out, occupying scenic positions with views of the town and the mountains. Take a look at the northern suburbs for some of the most budget-friendly options, with the agricultural districts of Changspa and Karzoo offering a wealth of guesthouses surrounded by scenic agricultural fields.
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