Gurudwara Tilla Baba Farid is as old as Faridkot town itself. The Gurudwara is located near Qila Mubarak, which is restricted to enter. It is approximately 2 km from the Faridkot Railway Station.
We can trace the history back to 13th century. The town was found by Raja Mokalsi, the grandson of Raja Munj, the battle chief of Rajasthan and named Mohalkar after his name. A famous sufi saint Hazrat Baba Sheikh Farid happened to pass by through this time. Baba Farid was captured by the soldiers of Raja Mokalsi and then forced into bonded labour for the ongoing construction for the work of the fort at Faridkot.
But one day, the basketfull of earth while being carried by Baba Farid was seen floating over his head. On seeing this miracle, Raja ouched the feet of Baba Farid and begged pardon. Baba Farid pardoned Raja Mokalsar, and meditated near the fort, where he penanced for 40 days, which is said to be under a tree. From One part of the tree is still found at Gurudwara Tilla Baba Farid. From that day on the name of Mohalkar was changed to Faridkot. Parts of the tree are still found in Gurudwara Tilla Baba Farid and worshipped.
Before entering into the Gurudwara premises, one should buy a packet of incense, mustard oil and powdered jaggery for prayer.
Shabad Kirtan is also recited everyday. Langer is also served everyday to all the visitors. Large number of people visit the Gurudwara on every Thursday. A very peaceful place and must visit while in Faridkot, a well connected city from New Delhi about km as it is the significance how Faridot got its name.
How did I reach there? Just get Punjab Mail and is an overnight journey.
Something interesting I found? Lassi, Juice stands, and found out that the Rajmahal, interestingly in the middle of a Sabzi-Mandi (vegetable and fruits market) was a private property and the queen still lives there. So therefore one could not enter as it was restricted too.
But most interestingly i found in the Gurudwara premises was the people who collected the shoes were not servants or old men. They were volunteers from various parts of the town, rich or poor. I thing that was pretty amazing as it encouraged equality and humanity.