NANKANA SAHIB, Pakistan—The 388th birth anniversary of seventh Sikh master Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji was celebrated on February 2 with full enthusiasm and devotion by the Pakistani Sikh sangat at Gurdwara Sri Mal Ji Sahib. This celebration was attended by large number of devotees from Sri Nankana Sahib and neighbor areas.
Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, religious program was organized on this eve in which several Raagi and Dhadi Jathas addressed the religious discourse.
With the support of Sikh sangat of Janam Asthan Sri Nankana Sahib, former Granthi Rawel Singh laid the foundation stone of Langar Hall building.
Gurdwara Mal ji sahib is in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan and near the local railway station but closer to this famous town associated with the founder of Sikhi, Guru Nanak. Mal (also called jal and van) is tree with a lot of shade.
It is said that once as Rai Bular was riding among the fields in this area, he saw young Guru Nanak Dev Ji sleeping in the shade of a mal tree. What struck Rai Bular was that the shade of the tree had not moved away from the sleeper as the movement and position of the sun warranted.
According to another version, the shade had moved away from the Guru but a large cobra had spread its huge hood over his face so that his sleep was not interrupted. This miracle and the incident related to Kiara Sahib convinced Rai Bular of the spiritual eminence of Guru Nanak Dev Ji whose devotee he became.