Nankana Sahib

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Nankana Sahib
ننکاݨا صاحب
ننکانہ صاحب
ਨਨਕਾਣਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ
The City of Nankana Sahib
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Nankana Sahib is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Nankana Sahib
Nankana Sahib
Nankana Sahib is located in Pakistan
Nankana Sahib
Nankana Sahib
Coordinates: 31°27′0″N 73°42′24″E / 31.45000°N 73.70667°E / 31.45000; 73.70667Coordinates: 31°27′0″N 73°42′24″E / 31.45000°N 73.70667°E / 31.45000; 73.70667
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
DistrictNankana Sahib
187 m (614 ft)
 • City79,540
District Council3 seats

Nankana Sahib (Urdu: ننکانہ صاحب, romanizednankāna sāhib; Punjabi: ننکاݨا صاحب (Shahmukhi), ਨਨਕਾਣਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ (Gurmukhi), romanized: nankāṇā sāhib) is a city and capital of Nankana Sahib District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is named after the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak, who was born in the city and first began preaching here. Nankana Sahib is the most important religious site for the Sikh religion.[2][3] It is located about 91 km (57 mi) west of Lahore and about 75 km (47 mi) east of Faisalabad.[4][dubious ] According to the census of 2017 the city has a population of 79,540 inhabitants.[5] Until 2005, it was a part of the Sheikhupura District.


The township was founded by Rai Bhoi, a Hindu and thus was known as Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi.[6] His great-grand son Rai Bular Bhatti, renamed it as 'Nankana Sahib' after the birth of Guru Nanak.[citation needed] The Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, originally constructed in around 1600 CE was renovated in 1819–20 CE by Gian-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh The Sikh Conference of Panjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Peshawar, Kangra and Hazara.[citation needed]

During the Akali movement, on 20 February 1921, Narain Das, the Udasi mahant (clergy) of the gurdwara at Nankana Sahib, ordered his men to fire on Akali protesters, leading to the Nankana massacre. The firing was widely condemned, and an agitation was launched until the control of this historic Janam Asthan Gurdwara was restored to the Sikhs.[7] Again in the 1930s and 1940s the Sikhs added more buildings and more architectural design.


Nankana Sahib and it surroundings were formerly a tehsil of Sheikhupura District. In May 2005, the provincial government raised the status of Nankana Sahib to a district[8] as a way of promoting development in the area. The present status is District Nankana Sahib has three tehsils: Nankana Sahib, Shah Kot, and Sangla Hill. Before December 2008, District Nankana Sahib also included Safdarabad Tehsil.

There are plans to construct a 100 acres (40 ha) university as well as hospitals and health care facilities by the district government with mutual interest of local communities and family of Rai Bular.[9]

In 2007, the Pakistan government announced a plan to set up a university on Sikh religion and culture at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak. Chairman of Pakistan's Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), Gen (R) Zulfikar Ali Khan, said that "The international Guru Nanak University planned at Nankana Sahib would have the best architecture, curricula and research centre on Sikh religion and culture".[10]

In 2019 after prolonged efforts of the Sikh community the historical Gurudwara on Nankana sahib was given direct access to pilgrims via the Kartarpur corridor project.[11] The first batch of Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan on 12 November, the historical occasion of the 550th gurupurab (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak, the founding guru of Sikhism.



Languages by number of speakers in the Nankana Sahib sub-district[12]

  Punjabi (98.75%)
  Other (1.25%)

Punjabi is the most widely spoken in Nankana Sahib District, and the district with the highest proportion of Punjabi speakers in the Punjab province.


Notable Places[edit]

And other historical Gurdwaras of Sikhism.

Notable people[edit]


Universities/Higher Education Institutes[edit]



Police Stations[edit]

There are two Police stations in Nankana Sahib

  • Police Station City Nankana Sahib
  • Police Station Sadar Nankana Sahib


  • District Headquarter Hospital

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Punjāb (Pakistan): Province, Major Cities, Municipalites & Towns - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information".
  2. ^ Iqbal, Amjad (22 November 2015). "Over 2,500 Indian Sikhs attend annual pilgrimage". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ Historical Gurudwaras:Nankana Sahib Archived 2011-09-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  4. ^ Nankana Sahib Archived 2011-12-22 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  5. ^ "Nankana Sahib District Population of Cities, Towns and Villages 2017-2018".
  6. ^ Khalsa, Sukhmandir (1 January 2010). "Historical Gurdwaras of Nankana, Pakistan Commemorating Guru Nanak Dev". Religion & Spirituality. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  7. ^ Singh, Roopinder (March 23, 2011). "Bhagat Singh: The making of the revolutionary". The Tribune. Retrieved 2011-10-23. Bhagat Singh was a well-read, articulate young man who significantly impacted Indian history and left behind a legacy that even 80 years after his martyrdom is still very much a part of our cultural ethos
  8. ^ Nankana becomes a district. Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  9. ^ "Nankana Sahib in Pak to be a recreational village". The Times of India. Sep 27, 2003. Archived from the original on July 26, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  10. ^ "Pak govt plans university at Nankana Sahib". The Times of India. Apr 17, 2007. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  11. ^ "PILGRIMAGE TO KARTARPUR SAHIB". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  12. ^ PBC 2017 Statistics (PDF).
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-06-08. Retrieved 2019-06-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Nankana Lake Resort and Gurdwara Nankana Sahib".
  16. ^ a b c d e "Explained: What is the historical significance of Nankana Sahib in Pakistan?". The Indian Express. 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  17. ^ Pak Garrison Buland School System