Uttarakhand Tourism The town of Nanakmatta is named after Gurdwara Nanakmatta. Nanakmatta is a historical Sikh shrine which is also known as Nanak Mata. It is situated between Khatima and Sitarganj on the Khatima - Panipat Road. Guru Nanak Dev ji visited this sacred place during his 3rd udasi in 1514. At that time, this place was the abode of the Siddhas or Yogis who were the devotees of Guru Gorakhnath. The siddhas who lived here did not want the local people to become learned enough to challenge their superiority. Therefore, by using their occult powers, they successfully exploited the poor people. Guru ji taught the yogis the path of true meditation and salvation. Nanakmatta is visited by thousands of devotees every month.
Doodh Wala Khuan
Dhoodh Wala Kuan means Well of Milk. It is located near Gurudwara Nanak Matta Sahib. The yogis who inhabited this place had a large number of cows with them. Bhai Mardana expressed a desire for milk from Guruji. Guruji told him to ask the yogis for some milk as they were having large number of cows. The yogis refused to give him any milk and taunted him by telling him to get milk from his Guru. By virtue of his spiritual powers, Guru Sahib drew all the milk from the cows of the yogis and stored it in a well. This historic well is now constructed as Gurudwara Doodh Wala Kuan.
It is situated on the banks of the Ghaghar River in the town of Nanakmatta near Nanak Sagar Dam. It is located at a distance of about 2km from Gurudwara Nanakmatta Sahib. The yogis, using magical powers dried up the water of this area. After doing so they challenged Guru Nanak Dev Ji to bring water here. Guru Nanak Dev ji instructed Bhai Mardana to pick up a spade and go to the nearby river. He told Bhai Mardana to drag the river behind him with the spade without seeing back. Bhai Mardana performed the activity that he was instructed and the river started to follow him as he dragged his spade over the ground. When he reached this place, Bhai Mardana looked back to see if the river was coming behind him. Immediately, the river stopped following him and stopped at this place. When the river stopped its flow, Guru ji asked the yogis to use their occult powers and move the river further. They realized their fault and fell at the feet of the Guru, accepting their defeat. A baoli was constructed here thereafter known as Baoli Sahib.
Guru Nanak Dev ji meditated under this dry pipal tree, which turned green due to the holy sangat of Guruji. The yogis were surprised to see him meditating at this place was quite inaccessible and especially during the winter months. The yogis were jealous of Guru Nanak Dev ji so in order to obstruct the meditation of him they tried to pull out the peepal tree with their occult powers. The roots of the tree started coming out from the earth's surface to fly in the air. Guruji then placed his hands on the roots of the Pipal tree, to avoid the tree from coming out completely. The roots of the pipal tree above the ground can be seen even today. A century after the Guru Nanak Dev Ji's visit Bhai Almast sahib came here. Yogis burnt this tree to take revenge from Bhai Almast. Bhai Almast Ji then called Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji to take the possession of this place and to restore it as a Sikh shrine. Guru Ji sprinkled saffron on the pipal tree which came back to its full bloom.
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