Meetha Reetha Sahib Tour

Meetha Reetha Sahib Tour

Meetha Reetha Sahib Tour

The famous Sikh pilgrim place is 72 kms from Champawat. The first Guru of the Sikhs came here and had holy dialogue with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The Gurudwara here stands at the meeting of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, near village Deyuri. There are trees of Reetha in the Gurudwara grounds, which according to mythology have become sweet due to the amazing touch of the Guru.

However, the general trust that the nuts only of one branch, under which the Guru had sat, are sweet is not true. Nor are all the nuts given as prasad yielded by this one tree. About ten kilometers from the Grudwara, there is a area of land where such trees are full-grown and their fruit is collected and brought to restock the Gurdwara's stock of prasad. It is called Nanak Bagichi (lit. Nanak's garden).

The Meetha Reetha Sahib is placed at a distance of 72 kms from Champawat.

Height: 3000 Mts.

Weather: Cold in winters, Lovely in Summers.

Clothing: Summer - cotton Winter - Heavy Woollen

Language: Hindi, Punjabi, Kumaoni.

Gurdwara Reetha Sahib is only 60 kms. by flying distance north of Nanak Mata, but the distance by motorable road is 209 kms. It is 166 kms. from Tanakpur, the last railway station on Bareilly-Tanakpur section. Here, too, Guru Nanak Dev had an encounter with Nath yogis whom he tried to bring to the path of active humanitarian service along with remembrance of God's Name. The story is not mentioned in the Janamsakhis, but locally a strong tradition has grown that Guru Nanak Dev miraculously made the normally bitter fruit of a soapnut tree sweet for Bhai Mardana to feed on.

A soapnut tree (not the original one) is still here and pilgrims are given prasad of sweet soapnuts. However, the common belief that the nuts of only the one branch, under which the Guru had sat, are sweet is not true. Nor are all the nuts given as prasad from this one tree. About ten kilometers from the Grudwara, there is a tract of land where such trees are grown and their fruit is collected and brought to replenish the Gurdwara's stock of prasad. It is called Nanak Bagichi (lit. Nanak's garden).

<p align="justify"> is located at the confluence of the Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers. It was constructed in the year 1960 and is situated near the village Deyuri. The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev ji, had visited this place. He held much spiritual discussion with the Gorakhpanthi Jogis, who lived here. Guru Nanak Dev ji also plucked the Reetha fruit from the Reetha tree, which had grown here. These trees are still there in the premises of Gurudwara. This is the reason why this place is called Meetha Reetha Sahib. Due to its religious background this place is considered as a holy place for Sikhs. The temple of Devnath is also located beside the Gurudwara. On the day of Baisakhi Purnima, the holy day of Sikhs, a fair is held in the premises of Gurudwara.

How to Reach

By Air: Nearest Air port is Pant Nagar, 121 kms. (via Khatima Nanakmatta)

By Rail: Nearest Rail way station is Tanakpur.

By Road: Motorable road to Meetha Reetha Saheb.

Meetha Reetha Sahib is 72 kms from Champawat.