Historical Gurudwaras in Rajasthan


Gurudwara Sri Budda Johar Shahab Ganganagar, Rajasthan

One of the best tourist attractions in Rajasthan, the Budhha Johad Sahib gurudwara is located
75 km away to the south-west of Ganganagar city. An important religious shrine of the Sikhs, this is the place where the two brothers, Sukha Singh and Mehtab Singh brought the head of Massa Rangarh (guilty of sacrilege of the Amritsar’s Golden Temple) and hung it on a tree on August 11 in the year 1740.

Some interesting facts and information about this historical gurudwara include the following:
It is huge in size and has 22 pillars at every floor.
It has a small library with portraits of Sikh martyrs.
For the lodging of tourists, 140 rooms are available which are situated adjacent to the gurudwara.
History buffs, god lovers and nirvana seekers must visit this gurudwara.

Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Gurdwara Singh Sabha – Pushkar or Pushkar Raj, a temple town around a natural lake, is 13 kilometres from Ajmer distrcit , to which it is connected by road. Pushkar was visited by Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh. The shrine commemorating the former Guru’s visit was formerly called Guru Nanak Dharmasala but is now known as Gurdwara Singh Sabha and functions as a branch of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Ajmer. It is housed in a double-storey flat-roofed building near the bus stand.
Guru Gobind Singh visited Pushkar during his travels in Rajputana Giani Braham Singh Ajmer Tirath Raj Pushkar and The Sikh Gurus,Spokesman Weekly, Guru Nanak Number 1981 in 1706. He was served by a priest named Chetan Das. The spot consecrated by the Guru’s stay was called Gobind Ghat, but has now been renamed Gandhi Ghat. A stone slab under a kiosk still has Gobind Ghat inscribed on it, in Gurumukhi, Devanagari, Persian and Roman scripts. Formerly a Gurdwara manned by Nirmala Sikhs was at this location, on the first floor of the gateway to the Ghat, but it is no longer extant.
A Brahman priest at this Ghat, having full grown hair and donning a turban, has in his possession a hukamnama written on bhoj patra (leaf or bark of birch tree) claimed to have been given by Guru Gobind Singh to Mahant Chetan Das. Another hukamnama is in the name of five Gurdwaras at Amritsar including Sri Akal Takht Sahib. The priest also keeps an old hand-written copy of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Gurudwara Suhava Sahib Churu, Rajasthan

The Gurudwara is situated in a tiny village in Churu district, Rajasthan. The monument is 45 kms south-west of Bhadra. It must be noted that this Gurudwara is also known as Suheva in Sikh narrations. However, Gurudwara Suhava Sahib is prominently known as Suhava Sahib. Prominent Guru Gobind Singh, when travelling from Amritsar to southwards in the month of October, 1706 arrived at this place from Nohar through Surpur along old cart road. Guru Gobind Singh made a makeshift camp here along the eastern tributary of a pond. Dharam Singh and Param Singh, sons of Bhai Rup actually used to create the Guru’s bed every night.

Not getting a proper bed here, they arranged a useful bedstead with wild grass and tree branches. Both Dharam Singh and Param Singh were blessed by Guru Gobind Singh for their steadfast devotion, dedication and persistent service. Close to the camp there was an ancient jand tree. Pipal had sprouted from this big jand tree. Guru Gobind Singh made a remark that as pipal overgrew barbed jand and rough earth; Khalsa clan will certainly prosper and flourish. Currently, only the ancient pipal tree stands in the premises. It was perhaps during Guru Gobind Singh’s personal stay at the place that Guru visited and explored Bhadra.

Gurudwara Sahib Kolayat Bikaner, Rajasthan

This Gurudwara can be found in the culturally rich place of Bikaner in Rajasthan. This is a place of huge importance for the Sikhs because the first Sikh Guru and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak and the last and tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh have visited the Kolayat Gurudwara during their times. However during their visits, there was no Gurudwara set up here, because Sikh population in this area was almost zero. This place was also the meeting place of the two other Gurus, Bhai Daya Singh and Dharam Singh. Guru Gobind Singh had sent a letter of rebuke to the Emperor Aurangzeb who was present at Ahmadnagar. These two Gurus were the ones who carried this letter, handed it over to the Emperor and returned to join the Guru at Kolayat.

Historical Gurudwaras in Rajasthan

In the late 1968, some people from the Sikh community started settling in this area from the nearby farmhouses, villages and other settlements. They wanted a shrine at Kolayat because they did not have a single place of worship here. When they came to know about the significance of this place, that it was the place which their primary and final Gurus had visited, they came to the conclusion that Kolayat deserved a Gurudwara. This Gurudwara was started as one tiny room where the Sikhs went and worshipped in large numbers. An artificial lake was set up in Bikaner and the Gurudwara was built on the banks of this lake. They named this place, “Gurudwara Sahib Kolayat”.

Even today, the main contributor for the development of this Gurudwara is a Sikh farmer who takes care of all the maintenance expenses of the Gurudwara. His farmhouse and residences are located in close vicinity to the Gurudwara and he spends his entire lifetime serving the people who visit this place of worship. Every year, during the birth anniversaries of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh, this place is crowded by lots of Sikhs who flock this small place from nearby villages. This is probably the only Gurudwara for all the Sikhs living in Kolayat and all the nearby villages. Therefore, one can see lots of crowd here during important festivals. The very fact that hundreds of people visit here every day proves that according to the Sikhs, it is not the size of the Gurudwara that matters. All that matters is an open heart and a tolerance to all religions and people.

Though Kolayat is more famous for this its Hindu temple dedicated to Kapil Muni, this Gurudwara is also slowly gaining popularity among people from nearby towns and villages. According the basic principle of a Gurudwara, it should be open from all sides to insist that people following Sikhism should be open minded. The Gurudwara is open to non-Sikhs as well. The only prerequisites for entering into this Gurudwara, like all other Gurudwaras is that, one should cover his or her head and be barefoot inside the shrine. People from nearby villages consider Kolayat as a very sacred place because not only did their first and last Gurus meet here, but it was also the place where their last Guru, Guru Gobind Singh was joined by his disciples. Emperor Aurangzeb was rebuked by Guru Gobind Singh for harming fellow Sikhs in his kingdom and this place is considered to be truly blessed because this where the disciples confirmed that the Mughal Emperor had indeed received the letter. Ill treatment to fellow Sikhs is something that the religion does not permit and anybody entering the Gurudwara should make a mental promise that he would never hurt another individual even unintentionally.

Gurdwara Pokhran Sahib jaisalmer , Rajasthan

Gurdwara Damdama Sahib Pehli Patshahi, also called Gurdwara Pokhran Sahib, is a historical Sikh shrine located in Pokhran Town in Rajasthan, 100 KM from Jaisalmer district . The Gurdwara sahib Commemorates a visit by Guru Nanak probably during his second Udasi when Guru Sahib had visited Jaisalmer. There is still an old well said to be of Guru Nanak’s time.

Guru Sahib would have stopped at the well here after he had visited the samadhi temple (Mazhar) of Ramdevra about 12 km to the north of Pokhran in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Baba Ramdevji, was a Tanwar Rajput who had died in 1384. Guru Sahib would often visit at the shrines of Hindu Sants and Muslim Pirs to talk with the worshipers who visited such sites seeking blessings, children and cures during his Udasis teaching of the folly in worshipping any but the one selfless God. Then as today many in the area believe that Ramdevji was an avatar of Vishnu.
According to local chronciles, Guru Ji visited Pokhran at the request of some local villagers to solve a problem with their brackish water. Guru ji gave the location of well which was once sweet but due to foolness of military they tried to dug it deep so sweet water mixed with Saline water. Now Machines are used to keep water sweet.

Why should we visit Jaisalmer- Desert of Rajasthan

A famous tale associated with this place tells us of Mardana getting hungry and to remove his hunger guru ji told him to eat some Akk tree stems which are bitter in taste. Mardana laughed, but guru ji said to him try some twigs, but warned him against taking any away from the place. When mardana ate the stems they were sweet like mangoes, but not listening to Guru Nanak, put some stems in his pocket and later having left the area, when he took them out of his pokhran, he learned to his dismay that Guru Nanak was correct, the stems had again became bitter.
The place with the old well was found during partition and as there was no sikh so again military found this place in 80’s and there was small room now it is under kar Sewa of Patiala Baba Amrik singh who took sewa who is erecting a huge building.

Other Gurdwara’s of Rajasthan

Gurudwara Sahib, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur
Gurudwara Bagore Sahib, Bagore Village, Bhilwara
Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Hanumangarh Town
Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Hanumangarh junction
Gurudwara Sukha Singh Mehtab Singh, Hanumangarh Town
Gurudwara Kabutar Sahib
Gurudwara Dadu Dwara
Gurudwara Suhava Sahib
Gurudwara Gurdwara Singh Sabha – Pushkar
Gurudwara Sahib Kolayat
Gurudwara Singh sabha, sri ganga nagar
Gurudwarw budha sahib, vijaynagar, sgnr
Gurudwara baba deepsingh, sgnr
Gurudwara Shree Guru Singh Sabha, Ranibazar Bikaner
Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib, Lalgarh, Bikaner
Gurudwara Shri Dashmesh Darbar, RCP Colony, Bikaner
Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Jaipur
Gurudwara Jaitser, sgnr
Gurudwara sehsan paharhi, jurhera
Gurudwara sri guru nanak satsang sabha, ramnagar-nandpuri-gobindpuri,jaipur
Gurudwara Vyas colony, Bikaner
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha NEB Alwar
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Ramgarh
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Mubarikpur
Gurudwara Agamgarh Sahib Kota