Dera Baba Nanak

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Dehra Baba Nanak
city
Dehra Baba Nanak is located in Punjab
Dehra Baba Nanak
Dehra Baba Nanak
Location in Punjab, India
Coordinates: 32°02′00″N 75°01′00″E / 32.0333°N 75.0167°E / 32.0333; 75.0167Coordinates: 32°02′00″N 75°01′00″E / 32.0333°N 75.0167°E / 32.0333; 75.0167
Country  India
State Punjab
District Gurdaspur
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,493
Languages
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Dera Baba Nanak is a city and a municipal council in Gurdaspur district in the state of Punjab, India.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Dera Baba Nanak had a population of 7493. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Dera Baba Nanak has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 72%. In Dera Baba Nanak 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Historical facts[edit]

Two famous Gurudwara at Dera Baba Nanak are Sri Darbar Sahib[2] and Sri Chola Sahib.[2] Dera Baba Nanak, one of the most sacred places of the Sikhs, is situated on the banks of river Ravi.[2] Guru Nanak Dev[2] ji, the first Sikh Guru, settled and mingled with the Almighty near the village Pakhoke, opposite to the present town and named it Kartarpur - a town which lies over the border in Pakistan. The Bedis[2] descendants of Guru Nanak Dev ji built a new town and named it Dera Baba Nanak after their great ancestor. The town has a number of Sikh temples. Pilgrims [2] come to this holy town in large numbers. Dera Baba Nanak was made the headquarters of newly created Tehsil[2] of Dera Baba Nanak. Dera Baba Nanak is a historical town and has many lanes and houses that have been preserved since the time of Guru Nanak. Also from this town pilgrims can see across the border into Pakistan and see the Gurudwara at Kartarpur.

Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib was built in commemoration of Guru Nanak. He came here after his first Udasi (tour) on December 1515 AD to see the members of his family. His wife Mata Sulakkhani[2] and his two sons Sri Chand and Lakhmi Chand had come to stay here in their maternal home at Pakho-Ke-Randhawa,[2] near Dera Baba Nanak, where Lala Mool Raj, father–in–law of Guru Nanak was working as Patwari. At that time this village was situated across the river Ravi.

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