Anandpur Sahib Tourism, Punjab

Anandpur Sahib Tourism

About Anandpur Sahib - Punjab Tourism

Anandpur Sahib is popular among tourists as a holy place for Sikhs. The unique location of Anandpur Sahib at the footsteps of the Himalayas on the bank of River Sutlej makes it a perfect destination for travellers with its picturesque and scenic surroundings. This town located in the Rudrapur district of Punjab is one of the most revered places for Sikhs. Anandpur Sahib was founded by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1665, and the town gained posperity under the guidance of tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. 

Anandpur Sahib is considered only second to Amritsar in terms of religious significance. There are numerous Gurudwaras in the town including Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Gurudwara Thara Sahib, Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib and Gurudwara Shaheedi Bagh. The 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, also built five forts on the border of the town to protect it against invasions named as Anandgarh Sahib fort, Holgarh Sahib fort, Lohgarh Sahib fort, Fatehgarh Sahib fort, and Taragarh Sahib Fort. Another important tourist attraction of Anandpur Sahib is Virasat-e-Khalsa, which is a museum that acts as a repository of the rich history, culture and traditions of Khalsa. The building of this museum is an attraction in itself with magnificent architecture. 

Lakhs of tourists visit Anandpur Sahib during the Hola Mohalla festival, which is a three day festival celebrated during the time of Holi. Hola Mohalla festival was started by Guru Gobind Singh, with the SIkhs displaying their martial arts and fighting skills to the public. The whole town is decorated during the festival with fairs organized for tourists. The highlight of the festival is the huge procession that is taken through the streets of the town on the last day of the fair. 

History of Anandpur Sahib - Punjab Tourism

Anandpur town was founded by Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib on June 19, 1665. Before 1665 the zone of Anandpur Sahib has no mention in history. Thousand years ago, the entire zone of Anandpur was completely covered by forests and bushes and was home to wildlife animals like elephants, lions, bears, wolves and others. By 15th century most of the animals had disappeared but still, people were afraid of visiting this area.

Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib turned this persistent forest into a fine place and laid the foundation of Chakk Nanaki at the top of the hillock known as ruins of Makhowal in 1665. He named it Chakk Nanaki after the name of his mother that was later came to be known as Anandpur Sahib. It is said that Guru Teg Bahadur purchased the site from the ruler of Bilaspur. The area where people did not dare to enter even during daytime became a great centre of spiritualism, learning and arts. Anandpur Sahib gained its prosperity at the times of Guru Gobind Singh, who spent 25 years of his life here.

Today, three villages of Hathaut i.e. Chakk Nanaki, Anandpur Sahib and Keeratpur Sahib, have special mention in the religious tourism map of Sikhs because Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib and Guru Gobind Singh Sahib had stayed there. Sri Anandpur Sahib is the citadel from where the sturdy defense was put up to maintain liberty from the bigoted slavery of the Mughals.



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