Location of Achal Sahib
Achal Sahib is situated at Baba Bakala road near Salho and Chahal villages of Punjab. It is just 6 Kms. away from Batala (District Gurdaspur).
History of Achal Sahib
Gurdwara Achal Sahib is situated on a low mount which is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya (elder son of Lord Shiva) and is popularity known as Achal Vatala. Since old times, Achal temple is visited by huge number of saintly people. Once Guru Nanak also visited Achal temple. When people came to know that Guru Nanak had came in their town, then every single people reached to see him and gain from his blessings. That aroused the feeling of jealousy and bitterness in the hearts of Nathpanthi Yogis as now the people were ignoring yogis and paying attention and devotion to Guru Nanak. Bhangar Nath, leader of yogis, started a bitter debate with Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak told yogi a hypocrite. He was used to go to the houses of people to beg food, though he had renounced outwardly the world being a recluse.
Guru Nanak asked him that how could he be better and great than those from whim he beg his food. Guru Nanak asked him that what did he return those people for their beg. At this, instead of answering Guru Nanak, yogi started showing his black magic to him. But unfortunately, all the black magics of yogi failed due to the presence of Guru Nanak. At this, Guru Nanak said that all the magic tricks are insignificant in front of the love and grace of God. Gurdwara Achal Sahib is situated at the place where this debate of Guru Nanak and yogi Bhangar Nath had took place.
Possession of Gurdwara Achal Sahib
According to the revenue records, the first owner of Gurdwara Achal Sahib was Mangal Singh (year 1892). After his succession, son of Mangal Singh, Sundar Singh succeeded over it in 1904. Then in 1923, son of Sundar Singh, Surat Singh became the custodian (Mahant) of Gurdwara Achal Sahib. But in 1923, a Jatha from the nearby village of Jaito Sarja came and occupied over the Gurdwara, under the leadership of Jathedar Kesar Singh. Surat Singh had not offered any resistance to them and thus they easily took the possession of Gurdwara Achal Sahib.
But just after around 2 years, when the Sikh Gurudwaras Act was passed in 1925, the management of Gurdwara was officially transferred into the hands of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on 28 April, 1926.
Presently the Gurdwara Achal Sahib is affiliated to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee but the administration of the Gurdwara is temporarily shifted into the hands of the successors of Sant Gurmukh Singh.
Structure of Gurdwara Achal Sahib
The foundation of the present building complex of Gurdwara was laid on 17 October 1935 which was completed in 1946. it has a high ceiling hall with a 8m2 sanctum in it and a gallery of medium height all around. It also has a pinnacled lotus dome on its top. Square shaped dome kiosks are present at all corners of the roof of the hall and a solid blossomed lotus within leaves is engraved on the top of the wall.
Trhe premisies is also having amny rooms for pilgrims.
Events organized in Gurdwara Achal Sahib
Earlier the annual fair was held at Achal temple on the occasion of Shivratri. Presently, a huge annual fair is organized every year in the month of Kartik (as per Panchaang) starting from the ninth day to the eleventh day after Diwali festival.
In addition to this annual fair and the daily morning & evening services, huge gathering is gathered in Gurdwara Achal Sahib to attend the congregations which are held twice in a month on 'no moon' night (Amaavas).
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