As a kid in the village in early 90s, I thought this mountain, which lay towards the west of my village, was the end of the world. It was called Tilla and I always wondered what was on the other side. Later when I left the village and came to the city, I learnt that it was a historic mountain of Jogis and that it also finds a mention in Waris Shah’s Heer, and that both Ranjha and Baba Guru Nanak spent time there.

Rajmohan Gandhi in his ‘Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten’ wrote: “Twenty-five miles west of the town of Jhelum, at a height of 3,200 feet, stood Tilla Gorakhnath, an ancient Jogi monastery. Gorakhnath, the reputed founder, may have lived close to the tenth century.”

That old was that mountain. That rich is the area I come from, and this blog takes its name.


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