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Gurdwara Sri Akalgarh Sahib Gharuan

Location - Gharuan, Ropar, Punjab, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - unknown

Gharuan is a village located about 7 km's from Morinda on the route from Morinda to Chandigarh.

There are 2 Historic Sikh Gurdwaras at Gharuan.

Gurdwara Sri Deg Sahib

Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji visited Gharuan while travelling to Kiratpur Sahib. The Sangat asked Guru Ji to stay. Accepting the Sangats request, Guru Har Rai stayed for some time at the location of Gurdwara Sri Deg Sahib.

The Sangat served Guru Ji with great respect and as it was Summer the Sangat would serve Guru Ji with shardai. Guru Ji would hold regular diwans and teach the villagers about Sikhism. Several people accepted his teachings, establishing a dharamshala in the village. Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji would rest in the Bhora Sahib which is located in the basement of Gurdwara Sri Deg Sahib.

Gurdwara Sri Akalgarh Sahib Gharuan

Later Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji visited Gharuan for 10 days during the month of Jeth (mid May to mid June) while on his way to Delhi in 1675. Guru Tegh Bahadur first went to the place inside the village commemorating the visit of Guru Har Rai, but not recognizing him, the priests treated him with indifference. Guru Tegh Bahadur moved to a quiet groove located near the village pond about 300 metres north of the village.

During the next day a carpenter by the name of Balpram came and bowed in front of Guru Ji. Balram said that his family was suffering from the disease of Tapdec and asked Guru Tegh Bahadur to help. Guru Tegh Bahadur told Balpram to get his family to take a ishnaan (bath) in the pond and that they should remember God while doing so.

The villagers realizing their error also visited Guru Tegh Bahadur to make apologies. They asked Guru Ji to stay in the Dharamshala. In return, Guru Tegh Bahadur asked the villagers to remember God, provide langar and take part in sewa and charity.

It is said that whoever takes ishnaan in and carries out or listens to five Sukhmani Sahib paths will receive mukti. Every year during the month of Jeth, dasvi (mid May to mid June) there is a jod mela in which sangats come from abroad and all around.

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