Punjab government has decided to create the replica of Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi, the village where Guru Nanak was born, in India. The replica, Pind Babe Nanak Da heritage village, will be created in Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala. The government has roped in Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar to design the replica of Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi.
Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi is located about 91 km (57 mi) west of Lahore and about 75 km (47 mi) east of Faisalabad. Later on the township was renamed as Nankana Sahib named after the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak, who was born in the city and first began preaching here. Nankana Sahib is the most important religious site for the Sikh religion.
Initially, the Punjab government was planning to rope in an international architect for the project. However, later on it was decided to hire local architects as the international architects won’t know as much about Guru Nanak as local architects.
The state government has already zeroed in on 70 acres of land behind Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, as the site for the heritage village. Most of the land falls in Machi Zowa and Taraf Hazi villages. However, the land acquisition process is yet to begin.
A seven-member committee finalised the concept for Pind Babe Nanak Da heritage village. The exterior of the village will be built of mud in a simulacra of a 400-year-old village. The interior, however, will be studded with modern technology, depicting Guru Nanak’s life between 1469 and 1539. The new village will have 13 ‘pattiyan’ (mohallas) like Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi village had 13 pattiyan. Four phases of Guru Nanak’s life will be showcased in the replica.