Shri Paonta Sahib Ji is a small town in the south of Sirmour district in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. Located around 180 km from Shimla, the town is a popular religious destination for Sikhs built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs and a bustling industrial town. Paonta Sahib is situated on the bank of river Yamuna. There is a large Gurudwra dedicated to the tenth sikh Guru Gobind Singh, when only sixteen years old, the guru left Anandpur Sahib and on the invention of Raja Maidini Parkash of Sirmour, who spent at this beautiful place for five years, it was here that he wrote the Dasam Granth. Within its precincts are the Sri Talab Asthan where he distibuted salaries and Sri Dastar Asthan were he judged the turban tying competitions. At the Kavi Darbar Asthan, poetic symposia were held.
The story goes that the place acquired its name after the Guru has lost an ornament that he wore on his foot, known as Panota. The second in the triangle is Paonta Sahib, a sacred to the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. Paonta to Renuka is arm of the triangle. The road passes through Sataun and follows the Giri River along the beautiful scenary. Situated on the Yamuna River, Paonta Sahib is a bustling township with growing industries. It is one of the important places for the Sikhs. It retains tangible memories of Guru Gobind Singh in the form of his weapons and a majestic Gurudwara. It recalls his presence even in the name of the city which is derived from Paonta meaning "foot", either because he set foot on this place or, according to an alternate story, he lost an ornament which he wore on his foot called "Paonta" while bathing in Yamuna river.
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