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Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

I know this thread is abit late, but I thought it might be worth a shot.

I am trying to find any Gurdwaras located in Sri Lanka, so far I have found 4, three being Pehli Patshahi and 1 being Gurdwar Udasi.

I am asking because I am travelling there in the next few days and would like to visit one or all of them.

I cannot find any addresses, phone numbers, email addresses etc..

I have found that there is a gurdwara in Dibar, Batticaloa, which is on the East side of Sri Lanka, I have found Batticaloa, but Dibar is nowhere, nor is Koti.

Please if anybody can help let me know.

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

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best bet is to go to one of the temples and get details from them of the others.

Many years ago I remember hearing that there were two gurdwaras in Paris. I asked the main guys in Bobingy and they confirmed it. But they didn't know any further details or as I suspect now they would give me details.

Having seen the programmes a few days ago from a Guru Ravidas gurdwara in Paris I do now suspect it was the latter.

Jealously of low caste gurdwaras on their part???

Anyway enjoy Sri Lanka, say Hi to Ravan and bring back some rock. If you are of bhagti type you might even bump into Hanuman Ji. It is said that he is still doing tapasya there.

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i did some google on it came across this if this might be useful ...

source : http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?/topic/33239-guru-nanak-in-sri-lanka/

Here are some places related to guru nanak while his visits in sri lanka

Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi (Battikola)

A town in Sri Lanka, visited by Guru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Mardana. At the time of the visit of Guru Sahib, Baticulla was known as Matiakullam. Raja Shiv Nabh ruled it. Bhai Mansukh of Lahore had, earlier, visited this town and had told the ruler about Guru Nanak Sahib. When Guru Sahib visited the town, Raja Shiv Nabh’s joy knew no bounds. He requested Guru Sahib to stay at his palace. Guru Sahib visited his palace but stayed at a place, about 20 km from Baticulla, now known as Kurukul Mandap.

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Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi (Koti)

KOTI - A town in Sri Lanka, visited by Guru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Mardana. At the time of the visit of Guru Sahib, Koti was an independent State ruled by Dharma Parkarma Bahu IX (1489-1513), who warmly welcomed Guru Nanak Sahib to his kingdom. In his court the king listened, as Guru Nanak participated in a debate with the Buddhist and Hindu mendicants of Koti. In the end Guru Nanak Sahib succeeded as they agree to the superiority of his, Sikh, philosophy. Dharma Parkarma Bahu was highly impressed by the Guru Sahib’s teachings.

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Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi (Kurukal Mandap)

KURUKAL MANDAP - A village in Sri Lanka, visited by Guru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Mardana around 1574. The village which grew up after the Guru had camped here owes its name to Guru Nanak. Kurukul Mandap is Tamil meaning "Guru's Village." In sanskrit Gurukul means the Guru's house or abode and mandap means tent or pavillion. Local oral traditions tell of a visit by a saintly missionary from the Punjab to this area. According to a tradition Bhai Changa Bhatra a disciple of Guru Nanak's, mentioned in the Janamsakhis, came from this area.

The Bhattra Sikhs legends of origins vary, some tell that the Bhatra Sangat originated in an island called Singaldeep, thought to be Sri Lanka (a similar name was given to the island by the early seafaring traders of Arabia who called the island Sarandeep—Island of the Lions). Another oral tradition tells that the Bhattras originated in the Panjab as Bhai Changa Bhatra who had returned with Guru Nanak spread the Guru's teachings in the Panjab.

The word bhat or bhatta comes from Sanskrit and means to talk, by extension to tell stories or to be a bard, even today the Hinglish phrase to 'sling the bhat' means to talk. Notably, many men of the Bhat Sikhs migrated to England before the partition of India where they worked first as corner or sidewalk and door to door salesmen, "hawking" their goods before they began to take salaried jobs. One can relate the English words BArd, BArter and BAllad back to the orginal B(h)Att of India.

In the / SikhSpectrum.com / Quarterly, Issue No.17, August 2004 M.S. Ahluwalia, in his article titled, Guru Nanak in Ceylon, writes:

"Recent researches have led to the discovery of an inscription mentioning the name of "Nanak Acharya" about which further investigations are being carried out. It is however certain the very name (Nanak) mentioned in the inscription testify to the theory that Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, visited Sri Lanka during his last Udasi."

The following footnote appears in his article: For more details and epigraphic evidence of Guru Nanak’s visit to Sri Lanka see S. Karunaratna’s article “Guru Nanak and Ceylon” in Harbans Singh (ed) Perspectives on Guru Nanak, Patiala, 1999. In his paper, the scholar, who is also a noted archaeologist, has examined an inscription in Sanskrit written on a slab, preserved in the Archaeological Museum at Anuradahpura (Sri Lanka) which testifies to the visit of Jananacharya (Nanak Acharya) to Jayavardhanapura during the rule of king Dharmaprakarambahu, a contemporary of Guru Nanak.

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Anyway enjoy Sri Lanka, say Hi to Ravan and bring back some rock. If you are of bhagti type you might even bump into Hanuman Ji. It is said that he is still doing tapasya there.

You take rock? CRACKHEAD!!!

It is in Janamsakhi that Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave Hanuman permission to go to Parlok after giving him darshan. So you might not meet him.

deffo bring back fotos of the gurdwaras and the ;local sikhs.

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