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Gurdwara Sri Gurplaha Sahib Sotran

Location - Sotran, Banga, Nawanshahr, Punjab, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - unknown

Sotran is located 1km southeast of the growing town of Banga in the Nawanshahr district of Punjab.

Gurdwara Sri Gurplaha Sahib Sotran, also known as Gurdwara Gurplah Patshahi Chevin, is dedicated to Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji who stayed here briefly under a plah tree (Butia fondosa) on his way to Kiratpur (from Kartarpur) early in 1635.

After winning the Battle of Kartarpur and defeating Painde Khan, Guru Hargobind came here with his family including Baba Gurditta, the future Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji, the future Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and Mata Nanaki Ji. Guru Hargobind stayed here for one night and then travelled to the site of Gurdwara Sri Charan Kamal Sahib Jindowal which is located on the eastern side of Banga.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the original Gurdwara constructed. The present building, which replaced a modest old structure, was constructed in 1965 under the supervision of Bhai Seva Singh Anandpur vale. Situated in a walled compound entered through a tall gateway, it comprises a square marble floored hall with the sanctum in the middle.

Over the sanctum are two storeys of square rooms topped by a dome with a gold plated pinnacle. Guru ka Langar is at the back of the hall. An old well in the southwest corner of the Gurdwara is believed to have existed since before the time of Guru Hargobind's visit.

The Gurdwara is affiliated to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Besides the daily services and the observance of major anniversaries on the Sikh calendar, a largely attended religious fair is held annually on 20 Har, usually corresponding to 3rd July which commemorates the date of Guru Hargobind's visit.

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