Gurudwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib Bidar
Gurdwara Nanak Jhira Sahib is dedicated to the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, one of the Sikh historical shrine situated in Bidar, North Karnataka. This Gurudwara in Bidar is very famous and devotees flaung here from different parts of the world which is located at a short distance off one edge of the plateau on which Bidar is located and from where one can witness sweeping views of the plains as they descend down the road to the present Gurudwara.
Bidar is a city and crown of Karnataka which is well known for its Bidri handicraft products. Bidar gets supply of drinking water from Manjira River which is the main among all rivers. It has lots of historical monuments from the Bahmani era,one example is the great Mahmud Gawan Arabic University reminiscent of the rich architecture. The Bidar Fort of city is one of the biggest forts in India.
Gurudwara Sri Nanak Jhira Saheb Bidar Karnataka
History of Gurudwara (Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib):
Gurudwara Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib was built in the year 1948. Legend has it that Guru Nanak the first Sikh , in his second missionary tour, visited South India after touring through Khandwa and Nagpur and finally reached Nanded(where 200 years later Guru Gobind Singh spent his last days) after visiting the ancient Hindu temple of Omkareshwara on the Narmada. The Guru then proceeded from Nanded towards Golconda and Hyderabad where he met Muslim saints and then came to meet Yakoob Ali and Pir Jalaluddin at Bidar.
Once upon a time Bidar was a small village on a hilly region in those days. When he was visited this place, Guru Nanak sat on the outskirts of the village on the foot of a hill. The Guru accompanied by his companion Mardana stayed in the outskirts of the Bidar town where 'Nanak Jhira' Gurdwara is now located. It is nearby huts of Muslim fakirs, who took keen interest in the sermons and teachings of the great Guru. When people came to know about his visit, they started gathering here and told about the scarcity of drinking water and also that the water available in Bidar was salty and unfit for drinking. It is believed that after hearing the plight of the residents, he was greatly moved by the miserable condition of the people. With divine name on his lips and the mercy in his heart Guru Nanak touched the hillside with a stone and rolled it with his foot. To the utter surprise of the people, a spring of clean water which was sweet and cool started gushing out of the hillside, as a result the place soon came to be known as 'Nanak-Jhira'. The water source is still preserved here serving the people of Bidar.
Special Water Spring(Amrit-Kund) and Gurudwara:
Besides the water spring now a beautiful Gurudwara has been constructed. The Gurudwara comprises of Darbar Sahib, Diwan Hall and Langar Hall. In the Sukhaasan Room, Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikh, has been placed. Opposite to the front stairs of the gurudwara, there is a holy water tank. The water of the fountain is collected in a small 'Amrit-Kund' built in white marble which the management built with the contributions made by the devotees. Devotees now take holy dips of body and soul in the sacred water tank with a strong belief that the water channeled into this sarovar is sure to cure several ailments and wash of sins.
Amrit Kund Special water spring in Gurudwara
Other Attractions near Gurudwara:-
1)There is a free kitchen (Guru ka langar)Langar Hall at Gurudwara Shri Nanak Jhira Sahib where free food is given to pilgrims 24 hours night and day.
2)A Sikh Museum has been built in the memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, depicting the important events of Sikh history through pictures and paintings.
3)The management of Gurudwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib now runs a free hospital, an engineering college, a Polytechnic, a college and two schools, one of them being in Hyderabad.
4)One must remember that Bhai Sahib Singh, one of the Panj Piaras (five beloved of Guru Gobind Singh), hailed from Bidar where he was once a barber. He was the son of Gurunarayana and Ankamma from Bidar.
Hall in Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib
Events organised in Gurudwara:-
Every year about 4 to 5 lakh pilgrims and tourists visit Gurudwara Nanak Jhira. Gurdwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib organises three melas (main events/festivals) during Holi in the month of March, Dusshera in October and Guru Nanak’s Birthday in November, where the numbers of visitors is recorded to about 30,000 a day. The birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Hola Mohalla festival attract large numbers of devotees from all over India.
Phone No: 08482-228274, Fax: 08482-220455
Email id: Nanakjhirabidar@Gmail.Com/Nanakjhirabidar@Rediffmail.Com
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Gurdwara Nanak Jhira Sahib built in the year 1948 is dedicated to the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, one of the Sikh historical shrine situated in Bidar, North Karnataka. The gurudwara comprises of Darbar Sahib, Diwan Hall and Langar Hall. In the Sukhaasan Room, Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikh, has been placed. Opposite to the front stairs of the gurudwara, there is a holy water tank. The water of the fountain is collected in a small 'Amrit-Kund' built in white marble which the management built with the contributions made by the devotees.
How to reach:
By Train: The nearest railway station is Bidar Railway Station.
By Road: Nearest Bus Stand is 1/4 km from the Railway Station.