" Fashion is to stand out not to fit in "
It has been a few days now since I have been back from India. It was an incredible 2 weeks. Whereby I have to admit that I did not do a lot of school work. However this doesn’t mean that we just lazed around doing nothing. Instead we tried to do something new everyday. Going on an adventure everyday by visiting new places. Even on the first day when we arrived in India, in the afternoon. Before going to my dad’s village we decided to visit a Gurdwara nearby.
I have been trying to post on Instagram whenever I found some internet in India but even that was a life struggle to do. However now that I am typing this up on my blog it feels like I can talk about the pictures in more detail than on my Instagram account. I know that photographs speak words but some things still need to be explained such as which Gurdwara it was that we visited on the first day.
Every Gurdwara that you visit in India there is some kind of history attached to it. Even though Sikhs are not supposed to have any pilgrimage, I like to visit these place as it is weird to think that this is where certain things happened to the Gurujis. Also although most Gurdwaras look the same, some are still constructed a bit different and being the typical tourist photographer, I just love to look at them as some of them are seriously centuries old.
We visited the Gurdwara Baba Bakala, not far from Amritsar. Like I mentioned every Gurdwara in India has some sort of History attached to it and even this Gurdwara has a beautiful story attached to it.
I heard the story before but it was amazing to visit the Gurdwara and see for myself where it exactly had happened. They also had an art gallery at the back of the Gurdwara so my dad was able to tell us the story in much more detail.
After the martyrdom of the 8th Guru, Shri Guru Har Krishan ji, he announced that the next Guru ji will be Guru Bakala. Bakala was a place near Amritsar, as with this he meant that the next Guru ji will be found there. However lots of fake saints took advantage of this and started to say they were Guru ji in the village Bakala. One man called Baba Makhan Shah Labana, however found out who the next Guru ji was. One day when his ship was about to drown he made a promise to god saying, please save my life and I will give you 500 golden pieces. After he was saved, he travelled to the village Bakala, also in search of the new Guru ji and found how many saints there actually were. Every saint he passed by he gave 2 pieces of gold as he knew that the true Guru will know how much I should have given. No one of the saints said anything. Therefore when he found out about another saint, he travelled to him as well and gave him two pieces of gold again. However this time the saint turned around and said, I thought you were going to give me 500 pieces. The trader at that time knew that the new Guru ji was found, Guru Tegh Bhadar ji and shouted it out at the top of the roof, “Guru ladho re, Guru ladho re” meaning “I have found the Guru, I have found the Guru”.
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This grandpa stopped especially for me so I could take a picture of him and then when I showed the picture to him he said ‘May god bless you’.
It was amazing to start our journeys of visit in India from the first day before even fully arriving at home which was going to be another 2 hours of driving. I have much more Gurdwaras to show and their history attached to it . As soon as I get some time I will hopefully be able to post them. Until then enjoy the beautiful pictures and the remarkable story behind this Gurdwara.
Speak soon xxxJazz