In pictures: A spiritual voyage through the Holy city of Amritsar

In pictures: A spiritual voyage through the Holy city of Amritsar

Dargah Peer Baba Noore Shah: The shrine near the B Block railway crossing was built in a small area 50 years ago, but got expanded over the period of time.

To call Amritsar just a spiritual abode of Sikhism will be an understatement. The holy city is also a treasure trove of street shrines, which have become the embodiment of inclusivity and are thronged by people, irrespective of caste and creed. Tribune correspondent Manmeet Singh Gill and lensman Vishal Kumar explore many such places, a few of which even date back to pre-Partition times.

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Dargah Hazrat Baba Zahra Peer

Dargah Hazrat Baba Zahra Peer: Located at the Hall Gate chowk, it is a highly revered shrine and draws a huge crowd.

WHILE for many of us, Amritsar is just synonymous to Golden Temple, there is much more that the city offers. At several intersections of the holy city, one is likely to come across the ‘street shrines’ where the reverberating sound of qawwalis transports you to a different era. A visit to these shrines presents a beautiful sight of cultural inclusivity.

Dargah of Peer Baba Rehmat Ali Shah: Established at the Jamun Wali road post-Partition, people of varied faiths come here to seek blessings.

These sufi hubs have nothing to do with any particular religion. They rather serve as a symbol of brotherhood. Though named as pir di jagah, khangah, dargah and darbar, do not be surprised if you find a picture of lord Shiva hanging besides that of Khwaja Khizr.

Dargah Guja Peer Beri: It came up at the GMC after the college was shifted here from Lahore. A distinct feature of this dargah is that its bricks were used to build two more shrines in the city.

Untouched by the present-day polarisation; these sacred spaces have their doors open for everyone who visits here to seek relief from distress.

Dera Baba Lakh Daata: A shrine on the Taylor road, it has come up in the city in recent years only. A weekly fair is organised here on every Thursday.

Blurring the lines of religious identities, these masjids and maseets were once either shut or converted into temples and gurdwaras as a larger chunk of the Muslim population migrated to Pakistan during the Independence era. Now, the street shrines have flourished more and become popular with time.

Dargah Panj Peer: Another old and famous shrine, it is located behind the international bus stand.

Many of these shrines have come up more recently at several chowks such as Hussainpura and Celebration Mall. At many places, even the extensions of age-old banyan trees have served as the street shrines.

Dargah Pipli Wali: Situated near the Government Medical College, it is also known as akhara as the local youths practice wrestling on its premises.

According to the locals, a few such structures as the one at the Hall Gate Chowk existed even prior to 1947; others came up in the post-Sikh militancy era. Many claim that the government took a keen interest in organising melas at these dargahs to promote peace and harmony in the border state.

Shrine at Celebration Mall Chowk: It is a recent addition to the list of street shrines.

Maula Sai Da Darbar: Situated near the Civil Hospital, several patients and their attendants pay their obeisance here.
Dargah Baba Murad Shah: One of the oldest and famous shrines in the city, it is located near the Tara Wala Pul on GT Road.
Dargah Nat Peer Pehalwan Shah: Situated at the Excise Chowk in the Rani Ka Bagh area, people from all faiths visit here.
Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz: This divine place is located in the Hyde Market. It is said Hazrat Khwaja Moinudeen Hassan Chishti, a well-known saint of mysticism, is widely known as Khwaja Garib Nawaz due to his love and compassion for the poor people.

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