Anandpur Sahib is popularly known as the Holy City of Bliss. This city is located in the Rupnagar district of Punjab, which is about 85 km from Chandigarh. The tenth Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji spent about 25 years of his life in Anandpur sahib.
Anandpur sahib depicts the natural scenes of the Shivalik mountains. This is the same place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji founded the Khalsa Panth in 1699. The festival of Holi is celebrated with great excitement in Anandpur, which is called Hola Mohalla here. Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara is a sacred place for Sikhs and that is why thousands of devotees come here to pray and seek blessings from the holy Gurudwaras.
History and legends
Anandpur Sahib was founded by the ninth guru of Sikh religion, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji in the year 1655. But the importance of this place increased when the Tenth Guru of Sikh religion, Guru Gobind Singh Ji established ‘Khalsa Panth’ here in the year 1699. It was the time when the lives of the people were miserable under the rule of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji thinks of a unique way to motivate people from this woeful condition. On the occasion of Vaisakhi festival, Guru Gobind Singh Ji asked his followers to sacrifice their lives for the cause of religion. From the crowd of thousands, five volunteers appeared to do so. Guru baptized them with ‘Amrit’ (nectar) and formed a five-member group called ‘Panj Pyare’. This was the birth of the Sikh religion. For this reason, this place has great importance in the Sikh religion.
Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Sarovar Anandpur Sahib, Virasat-e-Khalsa, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Museum, Naina Devi Temple and Bhakra-Nangal Dam are the main attraction places nearby Anandpur Sahib.
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Best time to visit
You can visit Anandpur Sahib throughout the year. The best time is from February to April to visit this place. The weather is pleasant during these months.
We recommend you do not come in the months of May to July. Because these months are very hot in this region.
Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib
Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib is the main attraction place of Anandpur City. Gurudwara Sri Kesgarh Sahib is situated in the center of the city. The most important place of Sri Anandpur Sahib is Takhat Shri Kesgarh Sahib, one of five Takhats of the Sikhism. On the Baisakhi day (13 April ) 1699, Tenth Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji founded Khalsa Panth. You can enjoy an amazing view of the mountains & city from here. People feel so blessed when they visit this holy place.
You can also visit the Gurudwara Guru ka Mahal, Gurudwara Bhora Sahib, Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib & Gurudwara Qila Anandgarh Sahib. The festival of color ” Holi” is celebrated as Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib. It is estimated that 100,000 devotees visit during the festival.
The sacred Sarovar is a scenic spot for locals & tourists. It has an area of about 80 square meters, which is located right next to Takhat Shri Kesgarh Sahib. People must take a dip in the Sarovar before bowing down in gurudwara. It is believed that people take a dip here to clean the spiritual soul.
After taking a dip in the holy Sarovar, you can sit at the langar hall to eat langar. Langar hall means community kitchen and the term langar is used in the Sikh religion for serving free meals to the devotees without any discrimination based on caste, color, religion, gender, and economic status. The ritual follows that all the people no matter who you are whether rich or poor, whether Sikh or not, have to sit on the ground with all the other people and take the same meal.
They also believe serving others is better than praying. So, they take blessings by serving other people. The staff serving in the langar hall is mostly the devotees who after taking langar and darshan serve others to show their faith in humanity. Because there is a famous term in Sikhism which is :
‘Pehle Sangat fir Pangat’
It means all devotees should take langar first after taking darshans of the almighty.
Virasat-e-Khalsa or Azooba
Virasat e Khalsa museum depicts the honor and history of Sikhism. The building is built in a very beautiful design with a magnificent bridge connecting the building structure on both sides. It is also known as Azooba. This building has a double-story library, several exhibition galleries, and a huge auditorium with a capacity of 400 people. Normally people refer to this monument as Anandpur Sahib Ajuba.
In the first phase, You will get to see the culture, festivals, seasons, and history of Punjab which is decorated with the world’s largest hand-painted mural on the first floor. You will also see Ik Onkar created with fabric optic lights.
In the second phase, you will see Sikh Misls that look almost like real Sikh Misls. Master Tara Singh’s robot is here that is worth seeing. Tourists are surprised by the construction style of the complex. The greenery and peace here touch the heart of tourists. The Museum is closed every Monday. The opening timing of the museum is from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Photography is prohibited inside the Museum.
Naina Devi temple is situated on a hilltop in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, which is about 25 km from Anandpur Sahib. It is situated at a height of 1220 m above sea level.
It is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas where Sati’s limbs fell on the earth. Naina Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. During the fair of Chaitra, Shravan and Navratras temple attracts devotees who come here in search of complete bliss. The temple has a beautiful atmosphere that attracts devotees. You can enjoy beautiful views of the mountains from here.
You can capture this amazing view in your cameras & mobile phone from outside the temple. The darshan timings of the temple are 4:00 am to 10:00 pm in normal days & 2:00 am to 12:00 am in Navratras.
Another popular place near Anandpur Sahib is Bhakra Nangal Dam. The Bhakra Nangal Dam built on the Satluj river, which is the second-highest dam in Asia. It is the main source of irrigation for Punjab & Haryana. It is just 24 km away from Anandpur Sahib. Bhakra Nangal Dam has a length of about 518 m and a width of 9.1 m. It is also known as Gobind Sagar, which has a water capacity of 9.34 billion cubic meters. The Dam is used to produce Hydro-Electricity as well as for flood prevention. Tourists come here to view this amazing structure. It is famous for sightseeing.
The visiting time of Dam is 8:00 Am to 3:15 Pm.
The entry of the dam is free.
How to reach
The Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport to Anandpur Sahib. It is about 90 km away from Anandpur Sahib. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from outside the Chandigarh airport to Anandpur Sahib
Anandpur Sahib is well connected by road with cities like Chandigarh & Ludhiana. These cities are close to Anandpur Sahib. Regular buses and taxis are available for Anandpur Sahib.
Anandpur Sahib is well connected by the Indian railway. Travel by road is faster & comfortable than trains to nearby places. Trains from major cities arrive here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What Anandpur Sahib is famous for?
Ans. Anandpur Sahib is the birthplace of Khalsa religion three hundred years back. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Sikh religion. Every year this place witnesses a large gathering of Sikh people and tourists too.
Q2. What is the history of Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara?
Ans. Anandpur Sahib has historical importance in the Sikh religion. Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji established Khalsa Panth here in the year 1699. It became the birthplace of the Sikh religion.
Q3. Is there motels available in Anandpur Sahib?
Ans. Yes! there are a number of motels available to serve the tourists. Various Sarai is available at Kesgarh Sahib and Qila Anandgarh Sahib. Also Kissan Haveli is also a government-run place to stay. These motels provide you better accommodation at a very reasonable price. For luxury accommodation, you can visit many 5-star and 4-star hotels nearby.
Q4. Name the Panjh (Five) takhts in Sikh Religion?
Ans, 1. Sri Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar, 2. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib, 3. Takht Sri Damdma Sahib in Talwandi Sabo, 4. Takht Sri Patna Sahib in Patna Bihar, 5. Takht Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra.
This is all about the sacred place Anandpur Sahib. Most of the rituals here promote humanity which is the best thing about such places. Due to this reason, I personally admit that this place has special respect in my heart. Most probably you will be agreed with this statement after visiting Anandpur Sahib. So, you must visit once. If through this blog we successfully draw your attention to this serene place and you like this information then please comment to support us for more posts like this in the future. We consider your comments inspiration for us.