Gurdwara is the proper name for a Sikh place of worship or commemorative sacred shrine. Ancient gurdwaras and sacred shrines commemorate significant events in the lives of the ten gurus of Sikhism. Many of these sacred places have been built over the centuries. Most ancient sites and holy places sacred to Sikhism are in the part of Pakistan and India which what used to be known as the Punjab prior to partition.
Nankana Pakistan is the hometown of Guru Nanak. There are a number of commemorative gurdwaras which mark his birthplace and the sacred sites where miraculous events occurred during his childhood.
- Gurdwara Nankana Sahib (Janam Asthan) (Place of birth)
- Gurdwara Bal Lilah (Guru Nanak's childhood playground)
- Gurdwara Kiara Sahib (Pasture where Guru Nanak tended cows)
- Gurdwara Mall Ji Sahib (Tree where miraculous events occurred)
Baoli is a word meaning well. Goindwal Baoli commemorates the site marking the "Well of 84 Steps," constructed in the 16th century by Guru Amar Das. Pilgrims perform prayers on the 84 steps in hopes that their soul may be liberated from the transmigration of 8.4 million life forms.
- Goindwal Baoli Well of 84 Steps
Harmandir Sahib the central gurdwara, or worship place, for all Sikhs is known as the Golden Temple because it is constructed of marble and gold. Harmandir Sahib has a history dating back to Bibi Bhani, the daughter of Third Guru Amar Das, and bride of Fourth Guru Raam Das and their son, Fifth Guru Arjun Dev. The gurdwara is located in Amritsar India and is also the site of The Akal Takhat seat of religious authority in Sikhism. Over the centuries the gurdwara has attacked and restored a number of times.
- Gurdwara Pahila Bari aka Gurdwara Gae Ghat (Travels of Guru Nanak)
- Takhat Sri Harmandir Sahib (Birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh)
- Gurudara Bal Lila Maini Sangat (Home of Rani who fed the child Gobind Rai)
- Gurdwara Sri Gobind Singh Ghat (Where Gobind Rai played as a child)
- Ghat Gurdwara Guru ka Bagh (Relics of Gobind Rai)
- Gurdwara Ranjit Ghar
- Gurdwara Damdama Sahib
- Gurudwara Ghari Sahib
- Gurdwara Qatalghar Sahib (Shahid Ganj)
- Gurudwara Shahid Burj Bhai Jivan Singh
- Gurdwara Tari Sahib
- Gurdwara Tambu Sahib
- Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib
- Gurdwara Rakabsar Sahib
- Sri Darbar Sahib Muktsar
- Gurdwara Shahidganj Sahib
At least two sacred shrines commemorate the fearless warrior princess Mai Bhago who led the 40 liberated ones into battle along side Guru Gobind Singh.
- Bunga Mai Bhago
- Gurdwara Tap Asthan