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Ancient Inscription Referring to 1511 Guru Nanak Visit to Sri Lanka Found





Ashok Kumar Kainth, a Punjabi historian working in Sri Lanka, claims that he, along with other researchers, has recovered a 16th century inscription having reference to Guru Nanak's visit to Sri Lanka in 1511.

Ashok Kumar, who was here to attend South Asian Punjabi conference, said 28 pieces of inscription excavated near Batticolla district of Sri Lanka, makes reference to dialogue between Guru Nanak and the then king of Lanka, Bikram Bahu VI.

 "The inscription is in Sanskrit, Tamil and Gurmukhi script, which was a mixture of Sharda and Takri scripts of that time. Although the inscription is quite clear, two pieces (of the inscription) are yet to be excavated. It dates back to AD 1511," said Ahok Kumar, who worked as Arabi-Hindi translator in a Kuwait court before moving to Sri Lanka in 2004.

Guru Nanak visited Sri Lanka during one of his four long journeys - also known as the Chaar Udaasian in history - during his life time.

Ashok Kumar, who originally belongs to Banga town of Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar district of Punjab, was also part of the 22-member international team which had done extensive research to locate a number of geographical locations in Sri Lanka.

He said he had contacted the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which will send its delegation to study the inscription and site where it was recovered from.


[Courtesy: TNN]

August 1, 2013 

Conversation about this article

1: Devinder Pal Singh (Delhi, India), August 02, 2013, 5:32 AM.

Wonderful to read this news. The other day I was reading about evidence of Guru Sahib's visits to the West. Guru Sahib's universe remains unlimited, whereever we look we find him. May we continue to cherish his blessings in abundance.

2: Dr Jaswant Singh (Selangor, Malaysia), January 07, 2014, 2:03 AM.

I am very pleased to note that Guru Nanak visited Sri Lanka and this has been proved. I wish to congratulate Ashok Kumar ji for this discovery and also for passing on the info to the authorities in Amritsar, Punjab.

3: Dr Jaswantsingh (Selangor, Malaysia), January 07, 2014, 2:15 AM.

I shall be grateful to you if you could let me know more about Guru Nanak's visit to Mecca. I would like to know, for example, how the term "Allah" came to be included in the Guru Granth Sahib as one of the names of Waheguru.

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