Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Located inside the Gwalior Fort Premises, Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod was built in 1970 in memory of the sixth Guru Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji.

Guruji was imprisoned by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir in the Gwalior Fort and upon his release, insisted that 52 other prisoners (Rajas imprisoned in the same fort) be freed as well. Instructions were given that whoever holds Guru’s robe will be freed. Guruji wore a special robe and the captives held this robe to freedom. This earned ths Guru the title of Data Bandhi Chhod.

The magnificent Gurudwara complex is spread over six acres area. Guru ka Langar with its vast dining hall and staff accommodation is in an adjoining compound. Some residential rooms for pilgrims were constructed recently little before the entrance to the Gurudwara Sahib.