Gurdwara Nanakmata Sahib, Jagannath Puri

Gurdwara Name Gurdwara Nanakmata Sahib Address Jagannath Puri
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History Gurdwara Nanakmata Sahib was originally a house that belonged to a wealthy local Oriya Hindu family. The owner, who lives in Switzerland, built it for his mother so she could live near the Jagannath temple and visit it everyday. But, after a short while, she refused the house and went to live with her son in Switzerland. Her son then donated the house, for a very nominal amount, for use as a gurdwara. There is also a lot across the road, just in front of the gurdwara, large enough to build three homes. It was donated to the gurdwara by the city of Puri. Gurdwara officials said they were planning to build a children’s park and a library named after one of the Panj Piaray, Mohkam Singh, who was from Puri. Puri does not have any Sikh resident, but the sangat regularly goes to Gurdwara Nanakmata Sahib from the neighboring state capital of Bhubaneshwar and from the city of Cuttack.
Remarks Jagannath Puri, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, is one of the four most sacred places of pilgrimage for Hindus. A special ritual, called aarti, is performed in praise of Lord Jagannath, Lord of the universe. Aarti worship involves circulating a metal platter on which little lamps with butter-soaked wicks are lit. Guru Nanak Dev ji watched pilgrims doing aarti at Jagannath Puri during his odyssey in the mid 1500s. He did not participate. Instead, he sang a shabad about the true realm of Waheguru, in which aarti is meaningless: Gagan mae thaal rav chand deepak banay Taarika manddal janak motee. Dhoop mal-aanalo pavannu chavaro karay Sagal banraa-i fulanti jotee. Sky is the platter with sun and moon as candles Clusters of stars in it are like many precious pearls. Sandlewood fragrance from the sylvan mountains Is incense, and breeze the whisk of devotion. All forests and all the flowers Are flowers in the sky platter. Kaesee aaratee ho-i Bhav khanddana teree aaratee Anahata sabad vaajant bheree. Rahaa-u. Such is eternal grand aarati worship, O Creator of the universe Your worship The sonorous sound of eternal bugle. O Lord, is there just for Your worship. Pause. Sahas tav naen nan naen hahi tohi ka-u Sahas moorat nana ek tohee. Sahas pad bimal nan ek pad gandh bin Sahas tav gandh iv chalat mohee. You have a thousand eyes, Yet the Formless One You have none. You have a thousand immaculate feet. Yet the Formless One You have none. You have a thousand noses to smell, Your these wonders have me in a spell. Sabh mah jot jot hae so-i. Tisadae chaanann sabh mah chaanann ho-i Gur saakhee jot paragattu ho-i. Jo Tisu bhaavae su aarati ho-i. Glow of life in creatures is your radiance, Your radiance shines in every creature. Teachings of the Guru reveals His radiance, Your aarati happens just as You desire. Har charann kaval makarand lobhit mano Anadino mohi aahee pi-aasa. Kripaa jal deh Nanak sarang ka-u ho-i jaatay teray naa-i vaasa. My mind yearns for pollen of Your Lotus feet, This yearning is like an eternal thirst. Give thirsty bard Nanak water of your blessings, So in Your Name he stays engrossed.