Sultanpur Lodhi ਸੁਲਤਾਨਪੁਰ ਲੋਧੀ


Important Religious town of Punjab, relates to life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sikhs First Guru.

The town and tehsil Sultanpur Lodhi is important religious city of Punjab. It is linked to Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji, First Guru of Sikh Religion.

Sultanpur Lodhi has its own Municipal Committee and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Punjab assembly.

How the town Sultanpur Lodhi got its name?

The Sultanpur Lodhi derives its name from Sultan Khan Lodhi who was a general of Mahmud of Ghazni in 1103 AD. It is an ancient city which is situated on south bank of Kali bein river. The Sultanpur Lodhi was also important trade link between Delhi and Lahore. It falls on old trade route of Delhi and Lahore. It was considered major business center of North India during that time.

A brief History of Sultanpur Lodhi

Sultanpur Lodhi was also known as Perran Puri (City of Monks). It is an ancient city believed to be in existing since 1 AD however it was destroyed by afghan ruler Mahmud of Ghazni. The city was re-established by Sultan Khan. It was developed as Major trade center of North. The town was spread about 13 kilometers (8 miles) and the Kali Bein ran through its center.

The business center Sultanpur Lodhi was also famous for its Education, Scenic beauty. It also got its mention in the Ain-e-Akbari book. City had many Madrassas (Islamic School of teaching) during that time.

The city got prominent place in Sikh religion when First Guru of Sikhs Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji lived in it. After Nankana Sahib (Pakistan) this is most important city related to Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Life of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji at Sultanpur Lodhi

In 1475 AD the elder sister of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Bibi Nanki ji was married to Shri Jai Ram of Sultanpur Lodhi. The governor of Lahore was Daulat Khan Lodhi during that period. In 1483, Guru Nanak ji was sent to Sultanpur Lodhi by his father. Guru was employed at Modi Khana ( Civil Supplies Store) as the Modi (Person-in-charge).

In 1488, Guru ji was married to Bibi Sulkhani ji in Sultanpur Lodhi. Guru Ji spent around 14 years of life in this city. In 1497, Guru Nanak Dev ji disappeared in holy Kali bein for three days. Guru Ji reappeared after three days with the teaching “na koi hindu na koi muslman (No one is Hindu or No one is Muslim)

Kali Bein, Sultanpur Lodhi (Photo Credit: Pankaj Sharma, www.kapurthalaonline.com)

This lead to the birth of new religion Sikhism. Thereafter Guru Ji left the job and left for his first Udasi ( Sacramental Journey).

Guru Arjen Dev Ji and Sultanpur Lodhi

Guru Arjen Dev ji, On the occasion of his marriage at Village Dhalla, rested at Sultanpur Lodhi. A gurudwara Sehra Sahib having sehra and wedding costume of Guru ji was built at that place.