Gurdwaras Of Himachal Pradesh

Chail Gurudwara

The Gurudwara Saheb (Sikh temple) was established at Chail in the year 1907.It was constructed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. After segregation of Punjab the bunglaw was takenby by Himachal Pradesh government. Since then Department of Art & Culture initiated considering the Gurudwara affairs. Due to unsubstantial Sikh population in the area and non-patronization by the Military School Chail the situation of the Gurudwara deteriorated over the years.

Chail Heritage Foundation

Chail Heritage Foundation is an NGO formed by former students of Chail Military School  accepted the challenge and started renovating the bunglaw. First phase of the renovation was completed before the centenary year and refurbished Gurudwara was inaugurated on Guru Nanak Devji's Gurupurab in 2007. The original architecture of the building that resembles a church has been preserved.

Management

Chail Gurudwara is currently handled by the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Being located in meager place, the Gurudwara was recognized by very few devotees. However, local people, tourists and Military School cadets are the regular visitors to the Gurudwara. A  Gurudwara Management Committee is officially formed with Mrs Varinder Kaur (Hotel Monal) as a local contact, and is looking after the affairs of the Gurudwara. The Committee works in close co-operation with SGPC and Himachal Pradesh Government. MLA Ravi Thakur, a Georgian, is taking appropriate importance for the Gurudwara Management. A sewadar (helper) is appointed on occasionally basis i. e., 4 hrs per day. At present Giani Pritpal Singh is the in charge and responsible for Gurudwara Saheb Chail handling the Gurudwara and maintaining it as well.

Facilities

Gurudwara Saheb has a dormitory and few smaller guest rooms to accommodate visitors of chargeless for overnight stay. Langar hall is located at the rear side of the Gurudwara. An official colloborator is maintained with a free accommodation under the dormitory hall.

Location

Gurudwara is approximately 200 mtrs from the main Chail bus station. It can be reached by steep road (gradient 35 degrees) from the Chail post office

Gurudwara Paonta Sahib

Gurudwara Paonta Sahib, is a glorious Gurudwara in Paonta Sahib, District of Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh. Guru Gobind Singh ji, the tenth guru of sikhs was the person in whose memory the Gurdwara of Paonta Sahib was constructed. It was here, the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It is because of the fact, the Gurdwara relish a very high historic and religious priority among the followers of the Sikh religion across the world. An example of the religious importance of the Gurudwara being the "Palki" made of pure gold, donated by one of the devotees. Shri Talab Asthan and Shri Dastar Asthan are the vital places inside the Sikh shrine worth mentioning. While salaries are disbursed at Shri Talab Asthan, Shri Dastar Asthan is used to co-ordinate the turban tying competitions. A legendary temple is connected to the Gurudwara. The temple is devoted to Goddess Yamuna. Kavi Darbar, a prominent place near the Gurudwara,is the venue for holding the poetry competitions. The weapons and pens used by Guru Gobind Singh Ji are displayed in a museum near the Poanta Sahib Gurudwara.
Another place of religious and historical importance is the Gurdwara built at Bhangani Sahib, about 1 km away from Gurdwara Tir Garhi Sahib. With its proximity to the river Yamuna, the whole area presents a picturesque sight.