Anandpur Sahib- the holy town of Sikh pilgrimage

Anandpur Sahib- the holy town of Sikh pilgrimage

Often referred to as the city of blissAnandpur Sahib is a city located in Ropar district of Punjab in India. With the Sutlej river flowing nearby, this city is one of the most sacred places in Sikhism, also because the last two Sikh gurus lived here. Anandpur Sahib is about 85 kms from the Chandigarh,and is also a home to Keshgarh sahib Gurudwara, one of the five takhts in Sikhism.

History

The town was founded in the year 1665 by the ninth guru of Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur, when he had disputes with am Rai and other sects of Sikhism in Kiratpur. In 1675, Guru Tegh Bahadur was captured and beheaded by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for refusing to convert into Islam. Later on, as a tribute to him, the Sikhs living in the region coronated his son Gobind Das as his successor who later on became the tenth guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.

The Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara is in the state of Punjab, but is hardly 30 kms from Himachal Pradesh border. Significant in the history of Sikhism, this town is accomplished with martial spirit.

The tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh declared that the festival of colors ‘Holi’ would be celebrated as Hola Mohalla, and is just the right time for tourists to be a part od the celebrations during this part of the year. Some of the famous Gurudwaras decorated following religious functions are Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Sis Ganj Sahib, Bhora Sahib, Akal Bhunga Sahib, and Guru ka Mahal. The occasion also includes horse riding, tent pegging, sword wielding and much more.

Reaching Anandpur Sahib is easy. The nearest airport, Chandigarh, is about 35 miles away, while nearest railway stations happen to be Nangal in Himachal Pradesh or Ambala.

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