1. Religious Significance and Legends
Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of the most religiously significant gurdwaras, as Guru Nanak is said to have spent the last 18 years of his life there until his death on 22 September, 1539 (AD).
According to legend, after Guru Nanak’s death, there was a conflict between his Hindu and Muslim devotees over the way he should be laid to rest. While the Muslim devotees wanted him buried, Hindu followers wanted him cremated.
Nanak miraculously appeared as an old man before his devotees and suggested they postpone the decision till morning. The following morning, his body had disappeared and a pile of flowers were found instead. The Hindus then took half of the flowers to cremate and the remaining half were buried by Muslims.
Sikh jathas are known to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on four occasions every year – Guru Nanak's birth anniversary, Baisakhi, Guru Arjan Dev's martyrdom day and Maharaja Ranjit Singh's death anniversary.