Nada Sahib Gurudwara Panchkula
NADA SAHIB Gurudwara Patshahi Dasvin, situated at the end of a narrow spur of soft sandy rocks of the Sivalik foothills, on the left bank of the river Ghaggar, about 10 km east of Chandigarh. It commemorates the visit of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who halted here while traveling from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur after the battle of Bharigam in 1688. One day Nadu Shah Lubana of the adjoining village served him and his followers with food and milk. The place remained obscure until one Bhai Motha Singh, who belonged to a village nearby, discovered the sacred spot and raised a platform to perpetuate the memory of the Guru’s visit.
Nothing more is known of the devout Motha Singh nor of the date of the establishment of the Manji Sahib. Except that the shrine was under the Dharmarth Board of Patiala and the East Punjab States Union in 1948. It was taken over by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee after the merger of the state with Punjab in 1956. Since then several new buildings have been constructed. The original Manji Sahib has been replaced by a double-storeyed domed structure, with a large rectangular meeting hall adjacent to it.
A spacious brick-paved courtyard separates these buildings from the complex comprising the Guru ka Larigar and rooms for pilgrims. The holy flag flies atop a 105feet high staff on one side of the courtyard, near the site of the old shrine. The full moon day every month is celebrated as a festive occasion attended by a large number of people from the surrounding villages and towns. Religious gatherings and community meals take place. The management is now entrusted to a local committee that also administers Gurdwara Manji Sahib at Pinjore.
The original Manji Sahib was replaced by a two-story domed structure, with an adjacent large rectangular meeting hall. A spacious brick courtyard separates these buildings from the complex comprising the Guru ka Langar and rooms for pilgrims. The holy flag flies atop a 105 feet (32 m) high staff on one side of the courtyard, near the site of the old shrine. Religious gatherings and community meals take place daily. Every full moon day is celebrated, and attended by large crowds. Nada Sahib Gurudwara is quite famous among Sikh pilgrims and devotees from all over Punjab and India.