Bidar can not be described only in terms of its historical monuments and its Bidri Work. It also plays a great role in the religious history of my country. Being a threshold of Muslim dynasties, it is obviously evident that Dargahs will be a common feature. However, I was surprised to see equal number of Sikh and Hindu devotees thronging the city on the weekend that I was there.
One of the most noticeable experience that I had was at Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib. I am usually a person who is far removed from religious experiences. However, the tranquility that surrounded this Gurudwara filled my soul and removed the stress that is always pinned around my shoulders. From one of the local patron, it was revealed to me that Bidar actually has a long association with Sikhism and is known to be the home town of one of the first members of Khalsa.
The Gurudwara was built in 1948 as a sign of homage to the first Sikh guru Guru Nanak. It is said that during his second missionary tour of South India, he arrived at Bidar to meet Pir Jalaluddin and Yakoob Ali. At that time, there used to be acute shortage of drinking water in India and famine used to rampant at many parts of India. The guru was greatly moved by the miserable condition of the people, and while uttering Sat Kartar, shifted a stone and removed some rubble from the place with his wooden sandal. A spring of cool and fresh water has flowed to this day from this spot. The is how the place soon came to be known as Nanak Jhira (Jhira=Stream).
The beauty of the monument can be seen right as you walk down the road sloping down to the main entrance. The white majestic structure with gold detailed work definitely packs an impressive punch.
This holy shrine consists of a Darbar sahib, Diwan Hall and Langar Hall. In the sukhaasan room, the holy book of Sikh, guru granth Sahib, is placed. There is a separate room called Likhari Room where all donations are accepted. As a sign of respect, I didn’t take pictures in that room. The Langar Hall is a free community kitchen where free food is given to all pilgrim 24 hours night and day.
Rules and Regulations:
- Decorum and dignity should be maintained with respect to any religious place.
- Inappropriate dressings are obviously not allowed.
- As long as you are in the Gurudwara, from the main shrine to the Langar Hall and the Amrit Kund, all ladies and gents are advised to keep heir head covered. In case this is a impromptu visit and you are not carrying any head covering with you, don;t worry. The Gurudwara has plenty of scarf for this very purpose.
You must be wondering why I am including this in my feature post, when I could have included it as part of my regular post. However, the serenity of the place was somehow soothing to my soul. And it also sparked the wanderlust in me to visit the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Sometimes, a simple place serves as a double-edged sword; it can cut through a plate of butter. But what a pleasant sting it leaves behind.