Khadur Sahib

 

(52 km from Amritsar, Dist. Amritsar) Khadur Sahib is the sacred village where the 2nd Guru Angad Dev propagated the message of God for many years.

Gurdwara Khaddi Sahib has been constructed here in memory of Guru Amar Das because at the spot where the Gurdwara stands today, was located a khaddi (loom) of a cloth weaver. As the story goes, one dark night, Guru Amar Das fell into a pit while carrying a pitcher of water on his head from the river Beas 10 km away for his Guru Angad Dev. The noise of the fall awakened the weaver who suspected a thief though the weaver’s wife hearing the ‘Japji’ uttered remarked that there was no thief but just poor, homeless Amar. When the incident came to the notice of Guru Angad, he observed that Amar Das was neither homeless nor lowly. He formally appointed Guru Amar Das as successor and 3rd Guru, and proclaimed that he would be “the home of the homeless, and honour of the unhonoured, the strength of the strengthless, the support of the unsupported, the shelter of the shelterless, the protector of the unprotected, and the emancipator of the captives”.

There are two other Gurdwaras, Thara Sahib on the spot where Guru Amar Das received tilak (anointment) from Baba Budhaji who performed Tilak ceremonies of five Sikh Gurus and was the first priest of the Golden Temple; and Killa Sahib, where Guru Amar Das placed his pitcher of water for a moment’s rest during the long tiring walk from the river. Gurdwara Mal Akhara is associated with the place where Guru Angad Dev finalised the Gurmukhi script and has a fine hall with canopies above the doors.

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