Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and the last Guru of Sikhs was a holy man. He devoted his entire life to mankind and laid out 52 commandments to make the life of people better and peaceful.

At the young age of 9, he was given the responsibility of being a leader. He also made some changes like; he made Guru Granth Sahib the holy book of Sikh. He realized the 5ks- Kesh, Kanga, Kripan, Karan, and Kada, that every Sikh must carry with him everywhere.

The affects his positive words and actions had on people is quite visible through the various spiritual places made out of respect for him. Let’s read about the five religious places that were influenced by his life.

Let’s begin.

Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Patna, Bihar

There is a popular belief that Guru Gobin Singh was born on the exact site where this gurudwara is situated. He spent the early years of his life in a home that stood at this exact spot. It was the centre of attraction during the 350th Prakash parv or birth anniversary celebration of the 10th Guru of the Sikhs. Thousands of devotees visit this auspicious place on that day.

The gurudwara is the home to many personal items of the Sikh guru like Kirpan, wooden sandals and so on. This gurudwara is also known as harmandir Sahib and was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, first Maharaja of Sikh Empire. If you are also a big fan of Guru Gobind Singh ji, you can download hd wallpaper of Guru Gobind singh ji to hang it on the walls.

Rituals that this gurudwara holds on his birth anniversary are:

  • Akhand Panth: It is the non-stop reading of Guru Granth Sahib.

  • Prabhat Pheri: The procession carries Shri Granth sahib and the devotees' signs rhymes while others offer food and drinks to the people walking in the procession. It starts days before the birth anniversary.

  • Kirtaans & Langar: On the day of the Prakash parv, there are kirtaans and Langar where a kada Prasad is served before the afternoon langar.

Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Bathinda, Punjab

It is the place where the tenth Guru of Sikhs, stayed in 1705 and prepared the full version of Shri Guru Granth Sahib. It is one of the five takhts of Sikhism. The other four are-  Akal Takht, Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Takht Sri Patna Sahib, and Takht Sri Huzur or hazur Sahib.

Damdama means ‘breathing place’ which is significant because the Guru stayed and relaxed here after fighting several intense wars against hill men and Mughals.

Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib, Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib signifies the victory of Sikhs over the war they fought against Raja Bhim Chand. It is influenced by Guru Gobind Singh’s life because he fought his first battle here when he was only 22 years old. The Sikhs won the fight against Raja Bhim Chand and his cousin. The final rites of all martyred Sikhs were performed here. The Gurudwara was built to remember the martyrs and also to signify the power of unity. It is a mesmerizing gurudwara with its white marbles, greenery, and tranquility.

Takht Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Gurudwara, Nanded, Maharashtra

Hazur Sahib is another name for this Gurudwara, which is another one of the five takhts of Sikhism. It is situated on the bank of river Godavari and is the place where Guru Gobind Singh died after he declared Guru Granth Sahib as his successor.

Here the Guru was assassinated by Nawab of Sirhind, who was insecure of the power and position the 10th Sikh Guru had.

Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib, Chamoli, Uttarakhand 

This gurudwara was made at the site where Guru Gobind Singh stayed after his battle in Shivaliks. It is located in the Himalayas at a height of 4,632 meter. It is quite inaccessible the whole year, but still devotes come here to visit the place the 10th Guru stayed for a while.

Whenever you visit these places, don’t forget to visit these holy places. They are a symbol of love, power and unity and show how one man can influence the lives of so many others.

Published by Kavita Paliwal