Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha – Mansehra

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The Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha is a religious building in the core of Mansehra. This building is one of my favorite structures in the city. It is the Municipal Library of Mansehra, previously known as the Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha.

This stunning structure was constructed in the early 20th century and is located on Kashmir Road, which used to be the only and oldest Gurdwara in the city. The Granth Sahib was never recited in this location after the partition. Since 1999, Tehsil Municipal Administration Mansehra has been in charge of it.

This three-storied building is decorated with beautiful arches, wooden windows, pillars, and marble latticework. The emblem of Sikhism, “KHANDA” can still be seen on these lattices. The fresco work inside the building is still intact due to its use as a library.

Mr. Amardeep Singh, the author of two books on Sikh heritage in Pakistan, once said “Using the gurdwara building as a library was also a fine example of heritage being put to good use because it has helped in the preservation of the beautiful structure. It shows that if there is a will, even abandoned gurdwara buildings can be maintained if used for constructive purposes and betterment of mankind.”

In 2021, The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has decided to take possession of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha from the local authorities and open it for the local Sikh community to offer prayers.

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