Society: Sikhism: Takhts: Sri
Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib Nanded (Maharashtra)
In South central India at Nanded, on the banks of river Godawari,
is a Gurdwara named Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib Abchal Nagar Sahib. This
Gurdwara is located at the place where Guru Gobind Singh ended his sojourn
on October 7, 1708. It was here that Banda Singh Bahadur was initiated
with Khande Di Pahul by Guru Gobind Singh and detailed to establish peace
in Punjab and protect righteousness. Bhai Daya Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh
are said have left for heavenly abode from this place.
The inside central room is called Angitha Sahib
where Guru Gobind Singh was cremated. This Gurdwara is one of the five
Takhts (Seats of Authority) of the Sikh faith. Guru Gobind Singh ended
the physical Guruship before his departure from this world and passed on
the permanent Guruship to Sri Guru Granth Sahib on October 6 , 1708.
He declared that the temporal functions of the Guru will be performed by
the Five Beloveds. The spiritual guidance will be given by Sri Guru Granth
“Whosoever wishes to find (Behold) God, let him
search Him in Sri Guru Granth Sahib....Where ever five Sikhs are assembled
together, there will I be present”.
Bhaiee Akal Ki,” the Last sermon of Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh did not appoint any human successor
in line of human Guruship as per tradition. The Guru declared Granth Sahib
to be the ultimate preceptor and the Guru-Eternal for the Sikhs. He conferred
Guruship on Granth Sahib at Abchal Nagar Nanded by circumambulating
five times and bowing his head before it. He declared that after him, the
living Guru would be embodied in the Sabad (Word) as contained in
Sri Guru Granth Sahib by uttering the sermon:
Agya Bhai Akal ki tabhi chalayo Panth,
Sab Sikhan ko hukam hai Guru manyo Granth.
Guru Granth ko Manyo pargat Guran ki deh
Jo Prabhu ko milna chahe khoj sabad men leh
AwigAw BeI Akwl kI qbI clwiea
sB isKn ko hukm hY gurU mwina
gurU gRMQ jI mwina pRgt gurW
kI dyh ]
jwkw ihrdw suD hY Koj Sbd mYN
(Tawarikh Guru Khalsa by Giani Gian Singh Part-1, p-1142)
(See Rehat Nama Bhai Prahlad Singh, Guru’s contemporary)
(g. igAwn isMG, qvwrIK gurU
Raj karega Khalsa aaki rahe na koe,
Hukam (Divine order by random reading) from Sri Guru Granth
Sahib was taken at that time which reads, “Abchal Nagar Gobind
Guru ka , nam japat sukh paiya Ram” (783). So this place was
named Abchal Nagar (Unshakable place) at that time. Maharaja Ranjit Singh
decorated the Gurdwara with marble and gold plating during his regime.
Khawar hoe sabh milainge bacheh sharan jo hoe.
rwj krygw Kwlsw AwkI rihh n
Kwr hoie sB imlYNgy bcih Srn
jo hoie ]
(Tankhah Nama Bhai Nand Lal, Court Poet)
(qnKwhnwmw BweI nMd lwl
It was from here that Banda Bahadur was sent to Punjab
to fight for righteous cause. It is a repository of Weapons
of Guru Gobind Singh which are exhibited for Darshan of the visitors.
Following are the other Gurdwaras which are around Sri
Gurdwara Sangat Sahib
Gurdwara Mal Tekri Sahib
Gurdwara Shikar Ghat
Gurdwara Hira Ghat
Gurdwara Nagina Ghat
Gurdwara Mata Sahib Devan
Gurdwara Baba Banda Bahadur Ghat
Gurdwara Ratangarhi Sahib
Gurdwara Mai Bhago
Gurdwara Langar Sahib, Nanak Sar and Ratangarh Sahib established
by Baba Nidhan Singh.