Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir

 

Gurudwara Manji Sahib Alamgir (ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਮੰਜੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਆਲਮਗੀਰ, गुरदुआरा मंजी साहब आलमगीर, گرودوارہ منجی صاحب عالم گیر) is situated in Alamgir village of Ludhiana, Sri Manji Sahib Gurudwara is a famous and popular religious attraction of Punjab.

 


History 

Gurudwara Sri Manji Sahib, which is also known by the name of Alamgir Sahib, is located in a village of Ludhiana district by the same name Alamgir. Once, the mother and four sons of Guru Gobind Singh were slaughtered by the Mughals. At this time, Sri Gobind Singh Ji was called uchh da pir. He left the place and reached Alamgir on 14 January 1761. When he reached here, a follower of his, who was a horse trader of the village named Bhai Nigahia Singh, offered him a horse.
While traversing the area, Guruji asked an old lady who was picking cow dunk for some water to take a bath. The old lady addressed the guru as pir ji and told him that there is no water in this place as this is a place of the shell. She told Guruji that in a place nearby there’s a well from where the guru can get water, but due to the presence of a python there, no one goes to that well.  Guru Gobind Singh Ji hit the python with an arrow and liberated it. The python fell into the well and when the Sikhs went to fetch water, the water had become contaminated. Near to where Guru Gobind Singh Ji was sitting, Guru Sahib Ji shot an arrow into the ground where a spring of drinking water bubbled forth.

On seeing this miracle, the old lady fell into Guru Gobind Ji's feet and said, 'Pir Ji, I have a request. I have leprosy and nothing can treat it. Please, can you help cure my disease?' Guru Gobind Singh Ji asked the lady to bath using the water from the water spring. The old lady was soon cured and returned to the village nearby where she told the villagers what happened. Today this spring has been converted into a Sarovar known as Tirsar, (Arrow Lake).

Guru Gobind Singh discarded his disguise at Alamgir and received a horse which was presented to him by one of the horse traders of the village named Bhai Nigahia Singh, a resident of Alamgir.

As a Manji or palanquin had been used to bring the disguised Guru to Alamgir, as the 'Pir of Uch', the Gurdwara was called Manji Sahib. The original palanquin has been preserved here, in the Bhora Sahib, to this day.

Architecture

This Gurudwara is surrounded by a scared tank, which contains holy water. There are a total of four entrances to the Gurudwara. There is a small lotus-shaped auditorium in the Gurudwara along with a four-story entranceway that opens on a vast cemented court. On the crossroads here is a building known as divan hall and it has a huge verandah around it. Next to the hall does a Prakash Asthan, which has a basement comprise the original view of Manji Sahib. A three-story vaulted tower here has arched battlement at the corners above Prakash Asthan.

The langar or community meal at Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Alamgir is said to be one of the biggest among Sikh Gurdwaras, catering to hundreds of people, free of cost, every day in the spirit of charity to mankind. Generations on, Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Alamgir is in itself a picture of Sikhism in its ideal glory.

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References

  1. http://www.discoveredindia.com/punjab/attractions/gurudwaras/gurudwara-m...
  2. http://www.discoversikhism.com/sikh_gurdwaras/gurdwara_sri_manji_sahib_a...
 
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