Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh
Paonta Sahib is an important religious spot for Sikhs. The city has a large Gurudwara, named Gurudwara Paonta Sahib on the banks of the river Yamuna, the river being the boundary between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The Gurudwara Paonta Sahib has linkages to the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and the Sikh leader Banda Bahadur. Its original name was Paontika. â€œPaonâ€ in Hindi means feet and â€œtikaâ€ in Hindi means became stable. It is believed that Guru Gobind Singhâ€™s horse stopped at this place on its own and he decided to stay here.
He wrote many Sikh religious books here and then went to Anandpur Sahib to establish the Khalsa Panth. The Gurudwara also houses a museum which contains a lot of antiques and weapons used by Guru Gobind Singh during his stay.