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Takht Sahib - seats of Sikh's authority

Takht Sri Damdama Sahib





Takht Sri Damdama Sahib

Guru Gobind Singh stayed sometime at Muktsar. Then he proceed farther and visited several villages, spreading love and distributing Namdan, emanipating peoples's hearts from fear and hatred and instilling patriotic fervor among them. He roamed about in Lakhi jungle. The devotees flocked to him in thousands and were fascinated by his spiritual gift. The Master shed light in the dark countryside of Malwa. Many poets and bards, who had left Anandpur when the town was besieged, again gathered round the Guru here. The poets sang inspiring songs full of love from their aching hearts, and showered praises on the Guru. Tt was a great reunion. The poems full of pathetic themes went deep into the people's hearts.

In due course of time, the Guru reached Sabo-ki-Talwandi now known as Damdama Sahib. It is so called because ity was here that the Guru had halted after some tiresome battles which he had fought for the sake of saving darma. Complete peace prevailed and the Guru had an occaision to sower bliss on al large number of people. At Sabo-ki-Talwandi, once again Namdan gatherings were held and were attended by thousand of Sikhs from far and near.

It was humming with activity. It became a seat of learning Kashi for Sikhs. Several thousand people were baptised here. The Guru threw water at the bushes and declared that Sikhs would spring up from each and every shrub.

The Guru stayed at Sabo-ki-Talwandi for about a year and a half . The entire period passed in peace. He made here several thousand disciples. The Guru's towering personality was the main attraction for the people. Whereever he went, thousands flocked to him. The Guru, forgeting his past miseries and sufferings, began to lead a life of gaiety and splendour. As at Anandpur, he held his court regularly and gave sermons. New recruits joined the ranks of khalsa and the position of the Guru became much stronger than before. It is said that Guru made about 12,000 disciples here.

At Talwandi, the Guru's wives Sundari and Sahib Kaur, who had been seperated from him while crossing the Sarsa stream after the siege of Anandpur and had been escorted to Delhi by Bhai Mani Singh, now joined him. Sundari asked the Guru most humbly in her eyes, she asked him about the where abouts of their dear ones. It was a heart rending scene. No eye was dry. The Guru sat calm and motionless and his face shone as before. The Guru then closed his eyes for a while and went into deep meditation. He told his wife that her four sons were not dead; they were living and playing in the lap of their eternal father. He consoled and comforted Sundari by saying that she should not lament for the four who had gone there were thousands in her lap and saying so, the Guru pointed to Sikhs surrounding him.

It was Damdama that the Guru dictated from his memory the whole of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to Bhai Mani Singh. This was a great feat. The Guru sent a message to Dhirmals, the custodians of the original Sri Guru Granth Sahib, to send him the sacred Granth so that the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur could be added to it, but they refused to oblige the Guru. Anew volume consisting of the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur and his own sloka was dictated. It is known as Damdama Sahib ki Bir. Thus the Guru gave a second birth to Adi Granth consisting of 1430 pages. It was a uniqe thing. The Guru had dictated word by word of the original text.

Damdama Sahib is situated at a distance of 27 km from Bhatinda in the south-west direction. It is connected by road. It is about 12 km from Rama Mandi railway station. There is also a road from Rama Mandi to Damdama Sahib. There are sevral historical gurudwaras at Damdama Sahib. The sacred place where Guru Gobind Singh used to hold his darbar is called Takht Damdama Sahib.

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