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Gurdwara Dharamsala Sri Guru Ram Das Sahib

Location - (precise location unknown) Chuna Mandi Chowk, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Associated with - Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - unknown

Sarai - unknown

This place, related to the lifetime of Guru Ram Das Ji, is situated by Gurdwara Sri Diwan Khana Sahib, Chuna Mandi.

The ancestors of Guru Ram Das carried out their trade at this place.

Guru Arjan Sahib Ji stayed here when he came to attend the marriage of his cousin, Bhai Sahari Mal's son.

This dharamashala was attached to Gurdwara Diwan Khanna, later on.


Guru Arjan proceeded to Lahore where, his father had asked him to remain until called for and to take charge of the needs and education of the Sikhs in Lahore, his father's ancestral home.

Two years later, feeling intensely homesick, Guru Arjan composed a poem of love and devotion and sent it to Guru Ram Das Ji. This poem along with another one, sent a few month's later were intercepted by his elder brother Prithi Chand who made sure his father never received them.

Finally Guru Arjan wrote a third poem marking it with the number 3 and gave strict instructions to the messenger to give it to the Guru personally.

ਹਉ ਘੋਲੀ ਹਉ ਘੋਲਿ ਘੁਮਾਈ ਗੁਰ ਸਜਣ ਮੀਤ ਮੁਰਾਰੇ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Ha▫o gẖolī ha▫o gẖol gẖumā▫ī gur sajaṇ mīṯ murāre jī▫o. ||1|| rahā▫o.
I am a sacrifice, I am forever a sacrifice, to my friend and intimate divine Guru. ||1||Pause||

ਇਕ ਘੜੀ ਨ ਮਿਲਤੇ ਤਾ ਕਲਿਜੁਗੁ ਹੋਤਾ ॥
Ik gẖaṛī na milṯe ṯā kalijug hoṯā.
When I could not be with you for just one moment, the dark age of Kali Yuga dawned for me.

ਹੁਣਿ ਕਦਿ ਮਿਲੀਐ ਪ੍ਰਿਅ ਤੁਧੁ ਭਗਵੰਤਾ ॥
Huṇ kaḏ milī▫ai pari▫a ṯuḏẖ bẖagvanṯā.
When will I meet you, O my beloved Lord?

ਮੋਹਿ ਰੈਣਿ ਨ ਵਿਹਾਵੈ ਨੀਦ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਦੇਖੇ ਗੁਰ ਦਰਬਾਰੇ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥
Mohi raiṇ na vihāvai nīḏ na āvai bin ḏekẖe gur ḏarbāre jī▫o. ||3||
I cannot endure the night, and sleep does not come, without the sight of the Beloved Guru's Court. ||3||

~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Guru Arjan, Ang 96

Receiving this poem, Guru Ram Das Ji seeing the number 3 sensed that there must have been two earlier letters. Aware of the jealousy of his eldest son he confronted Prithi Chand, asking him if he knew anything about previous letters.

At first, Prithi Chand denied everything, but seeing the insistence of the Guru and the consequences of his refusal to obey him, he finally confessed his treachery and produced the two earlier letters. (Another story often told has the Guru sending someone to Prithi Chand's quarters who finds the letters in Prithi's clothing.) When Guru Ram Das Ji read them, he was moved to tears by the humility and sincerity of his son Arjan's compositions.


Maharaja Ranjit Singh built a spacious building over the site which is registered in the record of Lahore Corporation at registration No. N. 2143.

The Sangat used to proceed on foot from here to visit janam asthan of Jagat Guru. Its control remained with Shiromni Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee from 1927 to 1947 AD and at present it is in the custody of Waqf Department and it has settled some people in it.

The sangats cannot visit this place. Four shops and 18 ghumaon of land in Village Rana Bhatti Shahdara are endowed to the Gurdwara.

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