Gurudwara Data Bandi Chor, Gwalior
Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, IndiaPhone - 0091 751 2480040, 2480776
Sri Hargobind the sixth Guru was detained in the Fort of Gwalior by the order of Emperor Jahangir. The cause of detention, it is said, was that the fanatical Muslim officers, particularly those under the influence of Naqshbandi cult, were alarmed by the Guru's new policy of militarization. They poisoned the mind of Jahangir, who otherwise about that time had soft corner for Guru. He was summoned to Delhi and was asked to pay a fine of rupees two lakhs which had been imposed on his father and which the latter had refused to pay. As Guru Hargobind showed little inclination to pay the fine, he was sent for detention to Gwalior Fort where the Mughal Emperor used to keep their political prisoners. Obviously the cause of detention was political. Non payment of fine was merely an excuse.
According to Sikh chronicles, the detenition was for a period of 40 days or two months. The latter period seems more likely The persuasive efforts of Bhai Jetha at Jahangir's court and may be the exercise of influence with the Emperor by the Muslim saint Hairat Mian Mir, a friend of Guru Arjun, brought an early end to his detention. The release came in the nature of general amnesty which also brought the end of the imprisonment of 52 Rajas who had been kept there. The Guru came to be known as 'Bandi Chhor' The Grand emancipator.
A magnificent Gurdwara has been built in the Gwalior Fort in memory of the sixth Guru. It is called Gurdwara Bandichhor. Pilgrims from all over the country visit this Gurdwara to pay homage to Guru Hargobind
Gwalior is a well-known city, 120 kilometres south of Agra and well connected by rail and road. Its historical fort built atop a hill is a prominent landmark overlooking the town below. Mughal rulers used this fort as a prison for chiefs and nobles of status. Emperor Jahangir ordered the incarceration of Guru Hargobind here at the instigation of the Guru's detractors. However, when the Sufi Saint Mian Mir and other sympathizers interceded, the Emperor not only ordered the Guru's release but also sought the internee nobles as a man of God, pious as well as brave. When they heard of his release, they looked up to him for succour. Guru Hargobind thereat refused to be released unless other internees were also let out. The emperor agreed to release as many of them as could come out holding the fringe of the Guru's rule. The Guru, narrate the chroniclers, had a long robe made with many strings attached to it which enabled all the fifty-two captives to come out of the fort with him. This earned for the Guru the epithet Data Bandi Chhor, lit. the munificent liberator. Chroniclers differ about the dates and duration of the Guru's detention. But it appears that it was only for a few months sometime between 1617 and 1619. A shrine bearing the name was established inside the fort. It was looked after by Muslim priests until the Sikhs acquired possession and established a Gurdwara after the Independence in 1947. The original shrine in the form of a marbled platform is still maintained near the entrance to Gurdwara Data Bandi Chhor Patshahi 6 Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, as it is now named. The present building complex spread over six acres was constructed under the supervision of Sant Jhanda Singh and Utam Singh Mauni of Khadur Sahib during the 1970s and 1980s. The principal building is a six-storey edifice near the old shrine. The sanctum is on one side of a high-ceilinged, almost square hall on the ground floor. There is a basement below of the same size as the hall and four storeys of room above the sanctum. Guru ka Langar with its vast dining hall and residential rooms for staff and pilgrims are in a separate, adjoining compound. It is a peculiarity of this Gurdwara to have two sarvoars, one each for gents and ladies.
Gurudwara Imli Sahib - Indore
Guru Nanak Chowk,83, P.y Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, IndiaPhone - 2343502,2340950 FAX:2340876
Gurdwara Imli Sahib, A Sikh shrine situated in Indore in Madhya Pardesh. In the year, 1568 Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the way of his itinerary diverted from southern states to the north-west and reached Indore. It is centrally located and innumerable devotees assure spiritual knowledge, peace and bliss here.
This Gurudwara holds a special importance because of its interesting history. This is the place where Shri Gurunanak Ji actually came and performed one of the total 4 Udaasis in the year 1568. Udaasi refers to the religious trips Guru Nanak Ji took around India to spread words of peace and spirituality. Apart from Indore, Shri Gurunanak Ji also went across Betma and that led to the start of Betma Saheb Gurudwara as well. The place where Imlisaheb is located today had Khan River at backside and there was a Tamarind Tree (Imli) next to it. This was the same tree where Shri Gurunanak Ji sat and meditated. The Lord used to preach people about Shabad and the Guru. A small gathering led to an interesting setup near tree which was managed by people themselves. Later, Shri Guru Singh Sabha Indore made a beautiful and amazing Gurudwara on the very same place where the tree was located and hence, it got its name as “ImliSaheb”. The Gurudwara was registered in the year 1942-1943. There is also a place where the Sants used to stay in Gurudwara and it is the same place where Langar is organised on daily basis now. The Gurudwara is looked after by Shri Guru Singh Sabha, and the Director Mr. Manjeet Singh Ji Bhatia of committe successfully manages a huge crowd everyday and even arranges special events beautifully.
Gurudwara Betma Saheb, Indore
Ratlam Road, Betma, IndorePhone - 0732226023, CELL : 9827714749
Gurdwara Charan Paduka Betma Sahib is situated in the small village of Betma. Betma is a town and a nagar panchayat in Indore district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Betma Sahib is one of the pious Gurudwaras of historical significance for Sikhs, as it is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited this place during his southern Udasi.
This is another well known gurudwara in Indore. It is located in a small village called Betma. Betma is an old town in Malwa, and a nagar panchayat in the Indore district, M.P. The Betma Sahib gurudwara is noted for its historical significance as it was thought to be the place where Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited during his ascetic southern tour, or second “Udasi” (meaning tour). These missionary travels were part of his spiritual pilgrimages to spread the divine message realized by him.
Tourists will be mesmerized by the simplicity and elegance of this gurudwara which comes with a white dome. A simple arched gateway is flanked by two smaller ones at the entrance. Along with Gurudwara Imli Sahib, Gurudwara Topkhana, Gurudwara Omkareshwar Sahib and two other gurudwaras, the Betma Sahib is also directly administered by the Sikh managing committee.
Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Bhopal
E-4, Arera Colony, BhopalPhone - 0755 241 1411
Gurudwara Shri Gwarighat Sangat, Jabalpur.
Gurudwara Gwarighat Jabalpur (M.P)Phone - 7612431655
The founder of Sikhism Sri Guru Nanak Devji had visited to various places in order to spread his message and thus undertook his journey in four different directions from Punjab. During 1501, the Guru travelled to East and Southern part of India and while returning, he and his associate Mardana walked through the North east side of Narmada River till reaching the Jabalpur area and thus crossed the river. This famous Gurudwara is placed at Gwarighat, a famous place on the river side of Narmada in the Jabalpur City in Madhya Pradesh and thus presents a glittering look around. The Guru also had through his preaching and blessings reformed and changed the minds of various criminals and thieves by the Narmada river side.
The most famous Guruparab of HolaMahlla (Holi) is observed and celebrated with great enthusiasm and people gather here well before the festival. The Birth anniversary of Guru Amardas Ji is also celebrated here with reverence and enthusiasm. Also, Sundays can be seen as a great day wherein Akhand Patth Bhog is arranged and several devotees of Sikh religion and also others gather here, to pray and get blessed by listening to the Guru Granth Sahib's holy verses. The famous Guruparab of HolaMahila (Holi) is observed with much enthusiasm and also the Parkash Utsav, the birth anniversary of Guru Amardas ji. It is also believed that due to decline in Dharma and invasions of Babar which had made situations more bad, God was moved by these acts and sent his disciple to comfort the people from their sufferings and save them from agony. Thus came Guru Nanak ji, to save the struggling human, who took a long tour of the country both in and outside India, which extended for over three decades.
Narmada is believed to be a sacred place where many saints live in peace and in the memory of the Guruji, a Gurudwara was built. The left side of river is adorned with the Gurudwara Gwarighat Panth Prakash in symbol of the Guruji's enlightening the masses and Sant Tulsa Singh Ji had served this Gurudwara for a very long time and after him, Jabalpur Sikh Sangat formed a committee which started doing services to the Gurudwara. A big hall welcomes the pilgrims visiting the place and Guruji's food awaits the visitors, which is provided daily and their hospitality is worth mentioning.
Gurduwara Bari Sangat -Burhanpur
Burhanpur , Madhya PradeshPhone - 91 7325 245555
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.
Gurdwara Rajghat Sangat Pahili Pathshai
Burhanpur , Madhya PradeshPhone - 91 7325 245555
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.
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.
Gurdwara Bhai Bala Sandhu
Burhanpur , Madhya PradeshPhone - 91 7325 245555
Gurdwara Bhai Bala Sandhu stands at the location where Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji stopped briefly, while travelling from Dholpur, Rajastan to Shivpuri, and then on to Bhopal and Nepal. Here, he gave an audience to the local sanggat (congregation) and took water from a well that still exists at the Gurdwara.
Gurdwara Bhai Bala Sandhu (also referred to as Gurdwara Padora) lies on National Highway Number 3, which leads to Agra and Sri Hazoor Sahib. Sikh pilgrims travelling to Hazoor Sahib will usually make a stop at this Gurdwara for food and accomodation. Shivpuri is located almost 970 km from Hazoor Sahib. Over the years, the Gurdwara, under the direction of Baba Hakim Singh, has helped many members of the sanggat who are in need, eg. accidents via travelling and other problems. All this has been carried out free of cost.
Other sewa projects of the Gurdwara include the Baba Amrik Singh Residential High School (Gurdwara Pandora, Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh) - which offers free education to needy/orphaned children. Students at the school include local children, who attend as day pupils, as well as children who board at the school. The school is named after the late Baba Amrik Singh, son of the late Baba Charan Singh ji of Sampardai Kar Sewa Sarhali Sahib, Amritsar.
A recently started project, Sant Baba Tara Singh, Sant Baba Charan Singh Charitable Hospital, located opposite the Gurdwara, was due for completion in 2008 or 2009. It is being constructed due to the lack of medical facilities in the area for needy people.
Gurudwara Topkhana Saheb, Indore
M. G. Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
This gurudwara is a favoured site not only for Sikhs who come to pray here, but also visitors from other religious faiths who are pulled by the intricate detailing carved on the walls of this gurudwara. The colour of this gurudwara is a slight reddish-pink of sandstone and is a fascinating sight to see especially through the Indore sunset. There are pointed arched windows decorated intricately with “jaali” or lattice work.
Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi (Brahmpuri)
Brahmpuri , Madhya Pradesh
A village in district Chanda (Madhya Pradesh) visited by Guru Nanak Sahib.