Talwandi Sabo

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(28 km from Bathinda, Dist.Bathinda) This is the location of Sri Damdama Sahib. Guru Gobind Singh arrived here on 20-21 January, 1706 after fighting battles against the Mughals during which two of his sons were bricked alive at Sirhind and two laid down their lives at Chamkaur. After writing the Zafarnama, Guru Gobind Singh fought a successful battle at Muktsar and then moved towards Talwandi Sabo, where Gurdwara Damdama Sahib marks the place of his stay.

Literally, Damdama means the breathing or resting place. While at Talwandi, Sikhs started coming to the Guru from all over Punjab and other places and the place became known as Guru -Ki – Kashi as a centre of Sikh learning. The Damdame Wali Bir of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was prepared here by Guru Gobind Singh. It was transcribed by Bhai Mani Singh and the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib were added. It was at Dam Dama Sahib that the Chaudhry Bhai Dalla refused to arrest the Guru as directed by Wazir Khan, Nawab of Sirhind. Guru Gobind Singh brought him into the order of Khalsa for his bravery. It was here that Chaudhari Tiloka and Rama, ancestors of the Pulkian (Patiala, Nabha and nd) rulers received “Amni” from the blessed hands of the Guru.

Sacred articles of the 10th Guru, namely Sri Sahib (Sword), a mirror, a match lock, a portrait of the 10th Guru, a pothi (book) transcribed by Baba Deep Singh, sword of Baba Deep Singh, a Persian sword and also the blood-stained robes of Guru Gobind Singh are displayed in the Gurdwara Damdama Sahib. There are ten Gurdwaras at Talwandi Sabo namely Man Sahib Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, Man Sahib Padshahi Nauvin and Dasvin, Likhansar Sahib, Jandsar Sahib, Tibbi Sahib, Sri Nanaksar, Niwas Asthan Padshahi Dasvin, Mata Sundari and Sahib Devan. The three sacred tanks are Nanaksar Sarover, Akalsar Sarover and Gurusar Sarover. The first tank is associated with Guru Nanak Dev who is said to have visited this village in 1510 AD during his 2nd Pad Yatra to Rajputana. The Akalsar Sarover is associated with Guru Gobind Singh and a sip of water from it is believed to be a safeguard against any disease. The Gurusar Sarover is said to have been made under the orders of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

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