This Is Aeroplane (Hawaijahaj) Gurudwara, People Offer Toy Planes Here To Fulfill Their Dream Of Going Abroad!
Mar 09, 2017, 21:15 PM IST
Devotee at Aeroplane Gurudwara, Punjab
It may sound strange, but this gurudwara in Punjab makes you believe that praying here would get your visa approved in time! Welcome to ‘Aeroplane gurudwar’or hawaijahaj gurudwara as the locals call it, located in tiny village of Talhan, about 12 km from Jalandhar, Punjab.
Offering toy plane in the gurudwara
This is Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara, and its specialty is that people who wish to go abroad come here with a toy aeroplane. They offer this toy on the shrine and pray for getting a visa quickly. On Sundays, the Gurudwara management finds around 100 toy aeroplanes on the first-floor hall of the Sikh shrine.
Interestingly, the management ridicules the idea as superstition. According to them they don’t know how this trend or belief started. “We don’t promote superstition but we can’t stop people from believing in something. Many youngsters come here with toy planes and offer it on shrine,” says the gurudwara manager.
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Devotees praying at shrine
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Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara
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Aeroplanes offered at shrine
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Hawaijahaj Gurudwara from outside
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Hawaijahaj Gurudwara entrance
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As per locals, people who have prayed to the god at the gurudwara have gone to foreign countries and settled there.
People often come here before sending their visa applications.
On normal days, 30-35 planes are gifted to the gurudwara.
As per reports, the collected toy aeroplanes are distributed among under-privileged children, who sometimes sell them back for Rs100-150 each.