Anandpur Sahib is the second most important Sikh shrine and one of the major tourist attractions of Punjab.
Anandpur Sahib Sikh Temple Punjab Tourist Attraction
Anandpur Sahib, alternatively referred to as The Holy City of Bliss, is one of most known Gurudwaras in Punjab. Developed around the holy shrine, the town of Anandpur Sahib has emerged to be a municipal council in the Rupnagar district of Punjab. Anandpur Sahib is one of the most sacred places of Sikhs, second only to the Golden Temple of Amritsar or Harmandir Sahib when it comes to the historical, traditional and religious significances. Anandpur Sahib is situated on the lower Himalayan spurs amidst picturesque and verdurous nature, adding to the serenity and majesty of the place. The river Sutlej is about four miles away from this place.
History of Anandpur Sahib Punjab
History of Anandpur Sahib will lark us back to 1665 when the founder of Anandpur Sahib Guru Tegh Bahadur (the ninth Sikh Guru) established it close to the ruins of the ancient Makhowal. Guru Tegh Bahadur, in the aforesaid year, had gone to Bilaspur for attending the mourning of the king of the native state of Bilaspur, Raja Dip Chand. Queen Champa offered the Guru some land within her state to build a religious place there and the land was purchased on payment of five hundred rupees. By and by on the ruins of the ancient Makhowal, Guru Tegh Bahadur formed and developed a new habitation. The place came to be known as Chakk Nanaki, named after the Guru's mother, and later got the present nomenclature of Anandpur Sahib.
Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib
Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib is a very popular celebration and during Hola Mohalla festival, the whole place becomes jubilant every year. The tradition of Hola Mohalla has been started during the regime of the tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh. Keen to foster a military attitude among the Sikh people, Guru Gobind Singh had announced that the Holi festival will be observed by the Sikh people as an occasion of displaying their martial spirits and skills. In fact Hola Mohalla is the Sikh name of what is known as Holi in the rest of the country. Every year this occasion witnesses a large congregation of more than one million devotees, including the Nihangs, from all over India to take part in the festival of gaiety and colours.
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Anandpur Sahib Tourist Attractions
There are many tourist attractions in Anandpur Sahib. In fact all the sacred places in Anandpur Sahib are great tourist pullers. Here is a list of places to visit in Anandpur Sahib.
Gurudwara Guru-Ka-Mahal (Bhora Sahib): This was the Residence of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and then inherited by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Later, the sahibzadas or the holy sons of the 10th Guru were also born here. In this place there is an underground room, detached from the hues and cries of the external life, which was the meditation room of the Sikh Gurus.
Gurudwara Thara Sahib: This is a raised platform from where the ninth Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib was used to deliver his sermons.
Gurudwara Sis-Ganj Sahib: This is the place where in November, 1675, the head of the 9th Sikh Guru, the martyr Guru Teg Bahadur Ji wasbrought by Bhai Jaita or Bhai Jiwan Singh.
Akal Bunga: Guru Gobind Singh Ji used to reside here with his relations and followers following the beheading of his father.
Gurudwara Damdama Sahib: This is the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji was given the Guru Gaddi> The declaration of the end of the regime of human Gurus also ended here.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib: The Sahibzadas, or the sons of the tenth Sikh guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, received their education and military trainings here.
How to Reach Anandpur Sahib
Reaching Anandpur Sahib is not a problem as this holy city is well connected to the rest of India both by road and railways, especially from Delhi.
There is a direct and very convenient direct train, Delhi-Una Himachal Express, from Delhi to Anandpur Sahib. Yet another good option will be to move to Chandigarh (you can go to Chandigarh via Delhi too) and then travel to Anandpur Sahib, which is only 85 kms away from Chandigarh. Additionally, there are a wide choice of bus routes to Anandpur Sahib plying regularly both from Delhi and Chandigarh to Anandpur Sahib. Also, all the buses bound to Una in Himachal Pradesh go through Anandpur Sahib.
Accommodation in Anandpur Sahib
Accommodation in Anandpur Sahib is not a big issue since there are a wide number of hotels in Anandpur Sahib. For a detailed account of where to stay in Anandpur Sahib, please refer to the following page:
Accommodation in Anandpur Sahib.