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Gurdwara Bhai Daya Singh Bhai Dharam Singh Aurangabad

Location - Dhawani Mohalla, Near Shah Ganj, Gandhi Putla, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001, India


Associated with - Bhai Daya Singh Ji, Bhai Dharam Singh Ji


Sikh Artifacts - unknown


Sarovar - None


Sarai - unknown


Bhai Daya Singh Ji and Bhai Dharam Singh Ji stayed at this place where the gurdwara was built when they delivered the Zafarnama to Emperor Aurangzeb.

Zafarnama

The Zafarnama is the "Declaration of Victory" and is the name given to the letter sent by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh in 1705 to the Emperor of India, Aurangzeb. The letter is written in exquisite Persian verse.

In this letter, Guru Ji reminds Aurangzeb how he and his henchmen had broken their oaths taken on the holy Koran. Zafarnama is included in Hikayats and it's the first Hikayat.

Bhai Daya Singh Ji and Bhai Dharam Singh delivered this letter to Aurangzeb, both Bhai Daya Singh Ji and Bhai Dharam Singh Ji stayed in Aurangabad at the place where Gurdwara Bhai Daya Singh Bhai Dharam Singh Aurangabad has been built.

In 1706, when Bhai Daya Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh were sent by Guru Gobind Singh with the Zafarnama to be delivered to Aurangzeb, they first arrived at Aurangabad, but, finding that the emperor had shifted to Ahmadnagar, they proceeded there. There, too, they found it impossible to meet the emperor because nobody would let them approach him. So they came back to Aurangabad.

It was then decided by the Sikh group carrying out this mission for the Guru that while Bhai Dharam Singh returned to Punjab to report to the Guru and seek his advice, Bhai Daya Singh would stay in Aurangabad with the Sikhs, while he waited for his colleague's return.

Meanwhile, while staying in this city, Bhai Daya Singh established contact with some influential Mughal officials through whom he succeeded in delivering the Zafarnama to Aurangzeb.

Establishment of the Gurdwara

The house were Bhai Daya Singh lived in Aurangabad became a meeting place for the Sikhs, and consequently the formation of a sangat, which later developed into a Gurdwara. Situated in Dhami Mohall, it is still called "Gurdwara Bhai Daya Singh" and is regularly attended and maintained by the small Sikh population of the place.

In fact the Gurdwara is running a residential school for young boys in scripture-reading, kirtan and Sikh way of living. The present building was constructed by the local sangat in the 1960`s. The gurdwara is managed by a local committee. Sikh services are held morning and evening and important anniversaries and festivals are observed. The Gurdwara runs a class for young resident scholars in scripture reading.

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