Field trip to Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara

The Department of Social Science organised a field trip for Class VIII under the ‘Know Your Habitat’ programme. A visit to Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib was organized on 18th February, 2020. A team of 4 teachers along with 83 students accompanied by Mr. Ajay Sharma went to visit this hallowed Gurudwara. After reaching the Gurudwara, Mr. Ajay Sharma shared an engrossing tale about the history of Dehradun and Guru Ram Rai’s legacy. In this regard, the revered Guru’s role as a mediator in trying to placate the mighty Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s misgivings was dwelt upon. How he managed to become Aurangzeb’s confidant and friend, how he was excommunicated from the Sikh community by Guru Har Rai and how he set up his ‘DERA’ in the Doon Valley leading to the establishment of Dehradun --- all formed a part of his vivid narrative. The steadily increasing rift and rivalry between Aurangzeb and his brothers and the various gripping tales associated with the ascension to the throne was brought to the fore. The students were enlightened about the hither to unknown facts about the Gurudwara. It is the finest example of Indo-Islamic architectural style and immense religious significance. The students were also intimated about how the SGRR Education Mission which still continues to contribute towards quality education and healthcare for lakhs of people.