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||Sri Guru Gobind Singh Marg, Sri Anandpur Sahib, Distt Ropar
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||Anandpur Sahib was founded in the year 1665 by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadurji, near the ruins of an ancient place, Makhowal. On May 13, 1665 Guru Tegh Bahadurji went to Bilaspur to attend the mourning for Raja Dip Chand of Bilaspur State. The Dowager Rani Champa of Bilaspur offered to give the Guru a piece of land in her state. Guruji bought the site on payment of five hundred rupees. The land consisted of the villages of Lodhipur, Mianpur and Sahota. Here on the mound of Makhowal, Guru Tegh Bahadur raised a new habitation. The ground was broken on June 19, 1665, by Baba Gurdittaji . The new village was named Chakk Nanaki after the Guruji's mother, Nanaki. The place later came to be known as Anandpur Sahib.
Its the birthplace of the Khalsa on March 30th, 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh ji . Twelve of the original weapons of Guru Gobind Singh ji which one can see here are - 1. KHANDA (double-edged sword) : It is believed to be the same Khanda with which Guru Gobind Singh Sahib prepared Amrit (Khande Di Pahul) on the day of revelation of Khalsa. 2. KATAAR (dagger): It was Guru Gobind Singh Sahibji's dagger. He used to keep it always on his person. A kataar is very usetul in hand to-hand fight. 3. SAIF (A kind of sword): It is a double-edged weapon. According to a source it had been presented to Guru Sahibji by Bahadur Shah (the Mughal emperor). It is believed that this weapon belonged to the Islamic Khahfa All (the son-in-law of the Muslim prophet H~at Mohammed) and it had been used by All's sons, Hassan and Hussian. According to this tradltion this weapon remained with the successors of All who presented it to Aurangzeb in appreciation of his contribution to the spread and glory of Islam. After ascension of Bahadur Shah to the Mughal throne it went into his hands and he, as a token of thanks, presented it to Guru Gobind Singh Sahibji.
4. GUN : This gun had been presented to Guru Gobind Singh Sahibji by a Sildi from Lahore. Guru Sahibji had issued a Hukamnama asking the Sikhs to bring him gifts of horses, weapons and books. In reponse to this Hukamnama, the Sikhs used to present latest and finest weapons for Guru Sahibji.
5. NAAGNI BARCHHA (serpent-shaped speer) : The blade of this spear is in the shape of the movement of a female-serpent, hence the name. Its attack was as severe as the venom of a snake and was likely to cause sure death. It was Guru Sahib's own spear. On September 1,1700 when Ajmer Chand's army planned to bring a drunk elephant in order to break open the main gate of Lohgarh fort, Guru Gobind Singh Sahibji asked Bhai Bachitar Singh to turn the elephant back and gave him this spear. Bhai Bachitar Singh attacked the drunk elepbant with this spear. The elephant, severely wounded, ran back and killed and wounded several of the soldiers of Ajmer Chand's army.
6. KARPA BARCHHA (palm-shaped spear): It is known as Karpa Barchha because it has a hand-shaped blade. This too was Guru Sahibji's own spear. It was used at least twice. In 1677, the marriage ceremony of Guru Gobind Singh Sahibji was held at Guru-Ka-Lahore (a newly established village, about 11 km from Anandpur Sahib). At that time there was an acute shortage of water at Guru-Ka-Lahore. According to a tradition Guru Sahibji hit the earth with Karpa Barchha resulting into three small springs of water. (now a Sarovar has been built at the site of these springs). This spear is associated with another important incident. On September 1,1700 when hill armies attacked Lohgarti fort, Bhai Udey Singh cut off the head of Raja leesari Chand (maternal uncle of Ajmer Chand) . He, then, carried off his head on this spear, to present it to Guruji. The hill soldiers shot several arrows to stop Bhai Udey Singh. Some arrows hit the spear. The marks of arrows on the spear are still visible.
RELICS BROUGHT FROM ENGLAND:
7. A big spear.
8. A small spear.
9. A ShamshirA-Tegh (a sword)
10. A Dah-i-Ahni.
11. A Golden qiloit.
12 . A Shield made of skin of a rhinoceros.
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji made five forts on the border of the city to Protect from the external invasions.
• Kila Anandgarh Sahib : This was the main Fort, after which the city was also named Anandpur Sahib. The Army used to reside here.
• Kila Holgarh Sahib
• Kila Lohgarh Sahib : Here the weapons for the Army were made.
• Kila Fatehgarh Sahib
• Kila Taragarh Sahib
Major attractions here are Hola Mohalla, Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Gurudwara Bhora Sahib, Gurudwara Thara Sahib, Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib, Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Gurudwara Manji Sahib.
From Anandpur Sahib bus stand to Gurdwara , fare is Rs 5 by Rickshaw and from railway station its Rs. 10 . Its 75 kms from Chandigarh .