Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gurudwara Bibeksar Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab

Gurudwara Bibeksar Sahib is situated on the banks of Bibeksar Sarovar in Amritsar. The foundation of the Sarovar was laid by the sixth Guru Shri Guru Hargobind Ji.

Guru Hargobind Ji used to take rest at this place in the evenings and sometimes convene meetings here. Baba Budhaji also used to gather at this place for gyaan/charcha.

On the bank of the Sarovar a Gurudwara was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, known as Gurudwara Bibeksar Sahib.

There is a keertan program held at the Gurudwara on last Saturday of every month held by Akhand Keertane Jattha.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Gurudwara Taran Taaran Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab

Located about 22 kms south of Amritsar, Gurudwara Sri Taran Taaran Sahib was established by the fifth Guru, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji in 1590 AD. Guruji named the Sarovar - Taran Taaran which signifies ‘the means to swim across’. The Gurudwara Sahib and the township around the Gurudwara also got the name of Taran Taaran Sahib.

Gurudwara Sri Taran Taaran Sahib has amongst the largest sarovars (about 300m x 230m rectangle) of all Gurudwaras.

The sarovar is believed to have medicinal properties especially effective for curing leprosy.

At the southeast corner of the sarovar is a marble platform on which stands the Gurudwara Sahib building; a three storeyed structure with the dome and upper part plated with gold.

Every month there is a gathering (fair) at the Gurudwara on the Amavas day (no moon night). Close to the Darbar Sahib building is Guru ka khuh (khuh means well) which was constructed by Guru Arjan Dev. While supervising the construction of the sarovar, this is the place where Guruji used to relax.

Another shrine near Darbar Sahib – Gurudwara Manji Sahib, is marked for its relevance to the sixth Guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib, who stayed at this place enroute Delhi to Lahore.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib, Nanded, Maharashtra

One of the five Sikh Takhat’s Shri Hazur Sahib is located in Nanded (a distance of about 650 kms from Mumbai) about half a km from the banks of the Godavri river.

Nanded is associated with the first and the tenth six Gurus as well the present Guru, Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. While Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited Nanded during his extensive travels, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji spent last few days of his earthly life here.

This is also the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji passed over the Gurgaddi (Guruship) to Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on October 5, 2008 before his Parlokgaman or heavenly journey on October 7-8, 2008.

Agya Bhai Akal ki tabhi chalayo Panth,
Sab Sikhan ko hukam hai Guru manyo Granth.
Guru Granth ko Manyo pargat Guran ki deh
Jo Prabhu ko milna chahe khoj sabad men leh

Meaning: "The Eternal Father willed and I raised the Panth. All my Sikhs are hereby ordered to accept the Granth as their Preceptor. Have faith in the holy Granth, as your master and consider it the visible manifestation of the Gurus. He who hath a pure heart will seek guidance from its holy words."

The Gurudwara was built between 1832 and 1837, under instructions from Maharaja Ranjit Singh and is called ‘Takht Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib”. The inner room is called Angitha Sahib which is where Guru Gobind Singh was cremated. Some of the sacred relics of Guru Gobind Singh are also preserved in this Gurudwara including a golden dagger, a matchlock gun, an archer and five golden swords.

Its interiors are artistically ornamented; the walls of Angitha Sahib are covered with Golden plates.

Preprations for the tercentenary celebrations (300 years of Guru Granth Sahib Ji as the in October 2008) in Nanded are in full swing. Several large projects have been undertaken over the last two years, including significant development of facilities at the Gurudwara premises, upgradation of infrastructure including air traffic, railway, tourist management and other aspects (see for details)