Hasan Abdal is a historic town of 54,200 (Estimated) residents located where the Grand Trunk Road meets the Karakorum Highway near the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , 40 km northwest of Rawalpindi. The town is famous for Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib, one of the most sacred sites in Sikhism, where thousands of Sikhs congregate on the eve of Besakhi every year. In 1521 the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak, arrived in Hasan Abdal, and a Gurdwara was built on the very spot where he had stayed . The Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib contains a sacred rock that is believed to bear the hand print of Guru Nanak. However there are different tales about the origin of the hand print.