by the Sal forest and on the bank of river Yamuna
the historic town of Paonta Sahib(398m) was founded by the
tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh Ji. When only sixteen
years old, the guru left Anandpur Sahib and on the invitation
of Raja Maidini Prakash of Sirmour,
lived at this beautiful place for over four years. The historic
gurudwara commemorates his stay and interestingly the waters
of the Yamuna fall silently below this -which happened
at the Guru's behest. The word 'Paonta' means 'Space for a foot
site was Guru Gobind Singh's home for over four years and it
was here that he wrote the `Dasam Granth'. Within its precincts
are the Sri Talab Asthan where he disbursed salaries and the
Sri Dastar Asthan where he judged the turban-tying competitions.
At the Kavi Darbar Asthan, poetic symposia were held .There
is also a memorial to Kalpi Rishi and a museum that displays
pens of the Guru and weapons of the time.
This ancient shrine is immediately below the gurudwara and is
dedicated to the goddess Yamuna.