Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bidar, Karnataka

Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib is located at Bidar in Karnataka, at a distance of about 200 kms from Nanded and 140 kms from Hyderabad.

Guru Nanak Devji along with his disciple Mardana visited Bidar during his second Udasi (1510-1514) around 1512 AD.

During his visit, the Muslims living nearby as well as their Pir came and narrated their woeful condition due to the scarcity of drinking water in Bidar. The water in Bidar was very salty and not fit for drinking. Any wells dug had the same salty water. On hearing the plight and prayers of people, Guruji uttered ‘Sat Kartar’ and touched his wooden sandal and removed a stone – and from there clean sweet drinking water started gushing out. Since then sweet drinking water is continuously flowing from this spring for the last 500 years.

A large beautiful Gurudwara is constructed close to the spring, known as Gurudwara Nanak Jhira (Jhira means a spring of water).

Adjacent to the main Darbar Hall are a big Diwan Hall and Langar Hall and right in front of the Gurudwara stairs is a sarovar in which the water of the spring has been directed for pilgrims to have a holy dip.