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)