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Anandpur Sahib

Anandpur Sahib is a holy city which is considered one of the most prominent pilgrim centres for Sikhs. It is located in the Rupnagar District, in the Punjab state of India. Being located in the valley of Himalayas, the city is blessed with beautiful sceneries around. River Sutlej makes the west boundary. It is closely connected with the history and tradition of Sikh religion. As far as the religious significance is concerned, it is second only to Amritsar.

History

Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, founded this city in 1665. On May 13th of 1665, Guru Tegh Bahadur went to Bilaspur State to attend the mourning of Raja Dip Chand. There Queen Champa offered three villages to Guru. The three villages were Lodhipur, Mianpur and Sahota. There, he found a new habitat over the ruins of an old habitat called Makhowal. Earlier this new habitat has been named Chaak Nanaki after the mother of Guru whose name was Nanaki. Later it has been changed to Anandpur Sahib.

Attractions

Anandpur Sahib is an important place for pilgrimage for Sikhs. The main attractions here are connected with their religion. Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib is one of the most important structures attracting a large number of visitors to this city. This is the central place of Anandpur Sahib and revered as the place where the Khalsa took birth.

Gurudwara Sisgunj Sigh is another important place of worship for Sikhs. After the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur Sigh Ji, his head was brought to this place by Bhai Jeewan Singh Ji and his associates. This is the place where Guru’s head was cremated.

Gurudwara Guru ka Mahal is another place of great historical significance as the first building built in this new habitat. Gurudwara Bora Sahib, that was the residence of Guru Teg Bahadur Singh and Gurudwara Thara Sahib where Guru used to address the gatherings are also important places to be visited in this city.

There are several other gurdwaras, such as Gurudwara Akal Bhunga Sahib and Gurudwara Damdama Sahib etc that are also attracting thousands of pilgrims every year.

Best Time to Visit

Festival seasons are the best time to visit as there will be huge crowds and many entertainments for the visitors.

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