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Damdama Sahib, Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Takhat Shri Damdama Sahib, Damdama Sahib Talwandi Sabo

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Damdama Sahib, Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Takhat Shri Damdama Sahib, Damdama Sahib Talwandi Sabo

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Damdama Sahib

Introduction

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Introduction: 
   
The fifth Takhat of the Sikh religion is situated in Talwandi Sabo and it is called Damdama Sahibji. It is 28 KM. away from Bhatinda town in Malva region of Punjab.
    
Damdama means 'a place for rest.' After being engaged in many fierce battles with the Mughal army especially after Muktsar war, in the early years of 1706, the tenth Guru of Shikh, Guru Gobind Singhji came here and named the place 'Damdama'.
    
Among the Sikh pilgrimages, it is famous as 'Guru Kee Kashi' which is renowned as the centre of the knowledge of Sikh religion. Damdama educational system (damdama taksal) is very popular in Punjab now days.
    
The present edition of Guru Granth Sahib was compiled by Bhai Mani Singh here on the order of Guru Gobind singhi.
    
This pilgrim place was recognized by Shiromani Gurudwara Managing Committee as the fifth Takhat of the Sikh religion on the 18th November 1966. A number of things related to Guru Gobind Singhji exist here collected.
    
In the present Talwandi Sabi is being developed as an assistant town of Bhatinda, Which is the biggest market in the area of agricultural products. The artificial water tanks and gardens are the centres of attraction for the tourists.
 

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Religious Beliefs

Religious Beliefs: 
   
Damdama Sahibji (Talwandi) is one of the five Takhats or spiritual power centres ot the Sikhs. It has the same rights about religion that are enjoyed by other Takhats. The place is associated with the literary activities of Guru Gobind Singhji and even the ninth Guru, Guru Tegbahadur had come here. It is the place where Bhai Mani Singh compiled the present edition of Guru Granth Sahib on the direction of Guru Gobind Singhji.
    
According to the famous writer, Dr. Trump, it is the place where on the occasion of Baishakhi fair, the tenth guru had baptized one and a quarter lakh person into the Sikh religion. Since then, Baishakhi festival has been being celebrated here with a lot of enthusiasm.
    
The tenth guru had exhorted the Sikhs here for full devotion to Khalsa and had said that his every thing is inherent in Khalsa.
   
It is here that the guruji had taken the test of Bhai Dalla's devotion and baptized him into the Sikh religion. Bhai Dalla was a local Jat Sardar who kept his trust in guruji intact overlooking all the temptations being given by the Moghul rulers.
   
It is believed that this is the place where the ancestors of the rulers of Jind, Nabha and Patiyala were given 'Amani' by Guru Gobind Singhji.
 

Historical Facts

History: 
   
Talwandi Sabo has been related to the Sikh religion since the very beginning. The first guru, Nanak Dev visited this place in Course of his India tour. It was the ninth guru, Guru Tegbahadur who named it 'Guru Ka Kashi.
   
After Muktsar war (1705) that was the last among a series of wars against the Mughuls, Guru Gobind Singhji came to Talwandi Savo and named it Damdama.
   
The tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singhji came here in 1706 and stayed here for nine months. During his stay here, he sent hukumnamas to different Sangats and invited them to Talwandi Savo.
   
It is in Talwandi that Guru Gobind Singhji got completed Guru Granth Sahib prepared by the fifth guru, Guru Arjun Deo with the help of Bhai ManiSingh here. Guru Granth Sahib has been called the vir of Damdama Sahib.
   
The present gurudwara of this place was built in 1765-66. For its recognition. Shiromani Gurudwara Managing Committee formed a sub-committee on the 30th July, 1960 and on its recommendation, it was declared the fifth Takhat on November, 28, 1966.
   
The Government of India recognised it as the fifth Takhat of the Sikh religion in April, 1999 on the occasion of the Khalsa Completing its 300 years.
   
 

Main Places To See

Main Places To See: 
   
Takhat Sri Guru Kee Kashi:
 
This is the main Gurudwara of Damdama Sahib where Guru Gobind Singhji stayed in 1706. It has many magnificent buildings, situated in a big Courtyard. Nearby it is Likhansar pound. It is believed that Guruji had thrown the writing instruments in this very pond after Guru Granth Sahib was completed. It is also believed that the Ardas here increases the intellectual power of the writers.
    
Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur and Mata Sundariji:
 
This Gurudwara is dedicated to the two wives of the tenth guru-Mata Sahib Kaur and Mata Sunderiji respectively.
    
Kila Mubarak (Kila Gobind Garh) :
 
It is 1000 years old, made of brick. It is believed that Alttunia in 1239, kept Razia Sultan in captivity in this very fort. When Guru Gobind Singhji came here, he named it 'Gobind Garh' Later on; Maharaja Karam Singh of Patiala got this gurudwara built.
    
Gurudwara jandsar:
 
It is believed that Guru Gobind Singhji disbursed salary to his soldiers out of the treasure hidden under earth here.
   
Maisarkhana:
 
There is a temple dedicated to Mother Durga who is regarded as the embodiment of Jwala Devi. Besides the Hindus, the Sikha, too, are devoted to her.
   
Lakhi Jungle:
 
It is an old gurudwara 15 KM. away from Bhatinda. it is believed that here the first guru, Guru Nanak Dev recited Jupji one lakh times.
   
 

Main Festivals

Main Festivals: 
   
Baishakhi :
 
This is the biggest festival of Talwandi. The Jor fair is held here on this occasion. It is believed that the tenth guru had baptized one and a quarter lakh people in the Sikh religion at this very place on April 13, 1706. On this occasion, Bhangra dancers display their art in Colourful dresses. In the fair held, the swordmanship displayed by the Nihangs, stirs the visitors.
   
Hola Mohalla:
 
Generally it is held at Anandpur Sahib on a large scale but it is also held at Talwandi Savo with a great deal of enthusiasm. This is held the next day of Holi.
   
Guru parva (Guru Gobind Singhji birth-day) :
 
This is celebrated with pomp and show at Damdama sahib in the months of December and January.
   
Lohari :
 
This is a festival of Crops, held in the month of January. The local people in their traditional dresses enjoy the local dances, Bhagra and Gidha on this occasion.
   
Navratri:
 
It is mainly held in Maisar Khana temple. It is believed that the divine light of Jwala Devi exists in this temple.
   
 

Where To Stay

Where To Stay : 
   
 
Hotels :
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Samrat Hotel
 Address
 Railway Road, Bhatinda, Punjab – 151001, India
 Telephone
 +91-164 - 252094
   
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Taj Hotel
 Address
  Near New Bus Stand Bathinda, Punjab – 151001, India
 Telephone
 +91-164 - 222236
   
 
 Category
 General
 Name
 Palace Hotel
 Address
  Old Hospital Road Near Railway Station Bathinda, Punjab – 151001, India
 Telephone
  +91-164 - 2250125
   
 
 Category
 Medium
 Name
 New Light Hotel
 Address
  Mehna Chowk Bathinda, Punjab – 151001, India
 Telephone
  +91-164 - 215476
   
 
 Category
 Medium
 Name
 Sun City Hotel
 Address
  The Mall Road, Canara Bank, Bathinda, Punjab – 151005, India
 Telephone
  +91-164 - 2255055
   
 
 Category
 Medium
 Name
 Bahia Fort Hotel
 Address
  The Mall, Bhatinda Punjab - 151001` India
 Telephone
  +91-164 - 2250019
 Email
  www.bahiasgroup.com
   
 
 Category
 High
 Name
 Sepal Hotel
 Address
  G.T. Road, Bhatinda Punjab - 151001 India
 Telephone
 +91-164 - 2253245
 Email
  www.hotelsepal.com
 

Location/Climate

Location/Climate: 
 
Location
 
 Geographical  Location  Height  Above  Sea Level  Average Annual Rainfall
 Latitude  Longitude  234 meters  790mm
 31.6° N  74.9° E
   
 
Temperature

Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.

 
 Month  Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct   Nov    Dec
 Maximum 
20
22
28
35
40
40
36
35
35
34
27
23
 Minimum
5
7
11
16
22
26
26
26
22
15
7
5
   
 

General Information

General Information: 
 
 STD Code
0164
 Police Helpline
+91-164-2219100
 Ambulance / Hospital Ludhiana Child Care and Scan Centre Mall Road, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, Tel. +91-164 2235257
Preet Hospital, 100 Feet Road, Shant Nagar, Bathinda. Pin-151001, Tel. +91-164- 2214174
 Currency  Exchange PUNJAB AND SIND BANK Rampura Phul, Distt. Bathinda Rampura Phul, 151001, Tel. +91-1651-220250
 ATM Centre STATE BANK OF PATIALA Railway Road Bathinda,Rampura Phul, 151001, Tel. +91-1651-220030
 Post Office
Head Post office, Civil Lines, Bathinda, Punjab
 Tourist Office
Punjab Tourist Information Office, Youth Hostel, Amritsar, Tel. +91-183-2231452
 

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 Main Railway Stations  Station Code
 Amritsar  ASR
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 Chandigarh  CDG
 Firozpur  FZP
Road Distance from Destinations: 
 Amritsar  Jalandhar  80 km
 Ludhiana  137 km
 Chandigarh  222 km
 Taran-Taran  28 km
 Taran-Taran  Jalandhar  80 km
 Ludhiana  137 km
 Chandigarh  222 km
 Firozpur  99 km
 Khadur Sahib  Jalandhar  87 km
 Ludhiana  143 km
 Chandigarh  229 km
 Amritsar  40 km
 Talwandi Sahib  Jalandhar  160 km
 Ludhiana  102 km
 Chandigarh  100 km
 Amritsar  235 km