Gurudwara Sangat Rajghat Patshali Pahili, Burhanpur

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History The Sikh connection to Burhanpur dates to the early 16th century when Guru Nanak visited the town. His visit is commemorated by the Gurudwara Sangat Rajghat Patshali Pahili. The tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, halted at Burhanpur while accompanying the Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah I, to the Deccan in 1708. It is said that the Guru spent 20 days preaching to the sangat. Gurudwara Bari Sangat is built on the site, and enshrines a hand-written copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, with an inscription by Guru Gobind himself. 1) Gurdwara Rajghat Sangat Pahili Pathshai - Burhanpur, an old walled town in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, is on the banks of Tapti River, four kilometres from Burhanpur railway station on the Delhi-Itarsi-Bombay line. Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh visited Burhanpur. One of Bhai Gurdas's Vars points to the existence of a Sikh Sangat here in early seventeenth century. Later, during the eighteenth century, Hathi Singh son of Mata Sundari's adopted son Ajit Singh lived here. There are now two historical Gurdwaras at Burhanpur. Gurdwara Rajghat Sangat Pahili Pathshai on the river bank dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev is in a single room and is looked after by a Nihang Singh who lives in a similar room close by. 2) Gurdwara Bari Sangat - about two furlong northwest of the walled city is much more flourishing and frequented. It marks the site where Guru Gobind Singh, traveling to the south with emperor Bahadur Shah, stayed in May-June 1708. Later Hathi Singh made his abode here. This Gurdwara has 16 acres of land attached to it. Guru Granth sahib is seated on a marble canopied seat in the middle of a spacious high-ceilinged, rectangular hall which has a gallery at mid-height on three sides. Above the hall, over the sanctum, are two floors of square rooms with a domed pavilion on top. An old hand-written copy of Guru Granth Sahib is preserved in this Gurdwara. Its pages have beautifully drawn border in multicolour.