Bahadurgarh Fort

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Bahadurgarh Fort, located on the outskirts of Patiala, is a mere 6km from the city centre. The fort was originally built by Nawab Saif Khan in 1658, during the reign of Aurangzeb, and called Saifabad. It was reconstructed later over a period of eight years by Maharajah Karam Singh in 1837.

Nawab Saif Khan was a great admirer of the ninth Sikh Guru, Teg Bahadur, and invited him to visit the fort. The fort consists of two circular battlements, encircled by a 25 foot deep and 58 foot wide moat which, when filled with water, served as an obstruction for enemies, as did the imposing walls which stand at 29 feet. It is said that the Nawab, who was a relative of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, renounced the world and turned into a sage in his later years, settling in the fort. After dying, he was buried in a tomb here, which, despite being in neglect, still functions as an Urs, or celebration of death anniversary, for Nawab Saif Khan, and his devotees from far and wide visit and pay homage to him.

Guru Teg Bahadur’s visit was later commemorated by Maharajah Karam Singh who built the Panj Bali Gurdwara, between 1837-1845, at a cost of a million rupees. Currently, the fort is under the jurisdiction of the Punjabi police force and is located on the outskirts of the city of Patiala, 6km from the city centre.

To reach the Bahadurgarh Fort one has to first reach Patiala, which can be reached easily by either road or rail from any part of the state and most parts of the country as well. Bahadurgarh Fort is situated at a comfortable distance of 1.5km from the Punjabi University, Patiala.

See also:
www.patialvi.com/html/bahadurgarh_fort.shtml
http://www.india9.com/i9show/Bahadurgarh-Fort-18216.htm
http://punjabtourism.in/fort_bhadurgarh.html

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