A Sikh parcharak/preacher has questioned whether Sian Mian Mir laid the foundation stone for Sri Harmandir Sahib. He states that there isn’t an authentic source which confirms if indeed the Muslim saint laid the stone. In a social media post he stated that a Muslim historian made the story up while writing history of the region for the British.
“Today is also the Neeh Pathar Day (Foundation day) of Sri Harmandir Sahib (1 Maagh 1645Bk/1588). , historically, it was not Sain Mian Mir Jee who laid the foundation Stone of Sri Darbar Sahib but Dhan Sri Guru Arjan Dev Jee themselves. In Sikh history this story only came about some three hundred years later in the third edition printing of Sri Gur Panth Parkash by Giani Gian Singh Jee. This story was fabricated by a Muslim historian who distorted much of our history whilst writing it for the British and then referenced by a historian named Sohan Lal Suri in 1885. Vaheguru and Out.” Sukhjeevan Singh
Many Sikh historians base their research into the incident on Giani Gian Singh’s version of the who laid the foundation stone at Sri Harmandir Sahib whose sourve was Sohan Lal Suri in 1885. There isn’t any earlier documentation of the the laying of the foundation stone prior to 1885.
The common version of the story is the following:
“Guru Arjan was responsible for the construction of many tanks and buildings. In 1588, he planned to build a temple in the centre of the holy tank called Amritsar or the pool of nectar. As the temple was to be thrown open to people of all castes, creeds and climes, he invited Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of the Harmandir Sahib. He came to the city of Amritsar wearing a religious mendicant’s long cloak made up of patches of coarse wool and a cone-shaped cap, with a rose flower on top.”
Mian Mir was given one of the warm welcomes for which Guru Arjan was famous. The two holy men embraced each other in sincere love and regard. The purpose of the temple was disclosed to the Sufi saint. Mian Mir was delighted at the fine objectives the Guru had in mind. The foundation-stone was laid. Hymns were sung in praise of God and sweets were distributed among the audience.”