Paonta Sahib, a sacred city, 81 km from Nahan
in the Sirmaur District
of Himachal Pradesh
, is a Sikh pilgrimage center situated at an altitude of 398 m. This city is sacred to the memory of Guru Gobind Singh
, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs.
By the riverside there is a Gurdwara
which holds a memorial to the martial Guru in the form of his weapons. The city was named after this guru and got the name from the Hindi
word paon meaning foot, either because he set his foot in this place or he lost an ornament which he wore on his foot called a paonta while bathing in the river Yamuna
. Gurdwara Paonta Sahib and Paonta Fort are housed in this sacred city. The Guru wrote the major portion of the Dasam Granth
while he was in the Gurdwara Paonta Sahib, once the home of Guru Gobind Singh. Poetry reading sessions and symposiums are held here. He built the Paonta Fort that spreads over hundred acres of land, that gave shelter for his followers and other famous poets. The city attracts thousands during the spring festivals of Baisakhi
. The city also holds two Hindu temples one dedicated to Lord Ram
which is called Devi Ka Mandir, built by a princess, and the other dedicated to Lord Krishna
. Freezing winters and hot summers are the climactic features of this land.