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Gurdwara Sri Cheharta Sahib

Location - Guru Ki Wadali, Amritsar, Punjab, India


Associated with - Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji


Sikh Artifacts - unknown


Sarovar - Yes


Sarai - unknown


Guru Ki Wadali is located about 8 km's from Amritsar city.

Guru Ki Wadali was founded by Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji when he left Amritsar. Guru Arjan decided to leave Amritsar after Prithi Chand's (Guru Arjan's brother) continued bad behaviour.

There are 4 Historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Guru Ki Wadali.

Gurdwara Sri Cheharta Sahib

Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji had a large well constructed at this location. The well was so large that it used 6 persian wheels to operate. Gurdwara Sri Cheharta Sahib's name is because Che (means Six) + hart or harta (means persian wheel).

While the wheel was being built Guru Arjan had a son, the furture Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. This may have been the reason the well had six wheels. The well helped the problems with water shortages in the area, even today the well provides the Gurdwara with water.

Gurdwara Sri Cheharta Sahib is set in a 6 acre, walled compound, the complex includes a divan hall, with a square sanctum in the middle enclosed by a brass palisade, above which there is a square room with a lotus dome topped by a gold plated pinnacle. Two Nishan Sahibs on top of 25 metre tall flagposts, on either side, stand in front of the Gurdwara.

Congregations are held on Panchami every lunar month which attracts large gatherings. The largest attended is the fair held in the month of Magh (January-February) which marks the popular Basant Panchami festival.

Gurdwara Sri Guru Ki Wadali

Gurdwara Sri Guru Ki Wadali was the location of the home of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji and his family. Guru Arjan Sahib Ji stayed here for about three years during 1594 to 1597. Gurdwara Sri Guru Ki Wadali is also known as Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan Guru Hargobind Sahib as Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji was born at this place.

While Guru Arjan lived at Guru Ki Wadali he educated the Sikh sangat, some of which settled in Guru Ki Wadali, and carried out a number of irrigation projects as there was local water shortages.

Gurdwara Sri Damdama Sahib Guru Ki Wadali

After Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji and his family left Guru Ki Wadali to spread the message of Sikhism, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji returned for a visit.

Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji came back to Guru Ki Wadali to visit the Sangat. Guru Ji held a diwan and took at bath at the site of Gurdwara Sri Cheharta Sahib. After the diwan Bhai Bhana asked Guru Ji to help with a troublesome wild boar. Guru Hargobind sent Painde Khan to deal with the boar. Unfortunately, the boar attacked Painde Khan who fell from his horse.

Guru Hargobind laughed and decided to personally help. The boar attacked Guru Ji, however Guru Hargobind stopped the attack with his shield. Guru Hargobind killed the boar with a single strike, when lightning came out of the boars mouth. Bhai Bhana asked Guru Ji what happened. Guru Hargobind explained that the boar was a cursed Sikh that had been liberated. The curse had been set by Bhai Bhana's father, Baba Budha.

Many years ago, Mata Ganga was on her way to see Baba Budha in order to receive his blessing. A Sikh was overly excited and criticised Baba Budha and Baba Budha asked him why he was behaving like a wild boar. The Sikh became a boar in his next life but was told beforehand that Guru Hargobind would be liberate him. The boar was buried and a platform constructed at the site of this Gurdwara. It is said that a curse is removed by those that offer an ardas at this Gurdwara.

The Gurdwara is managed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee through a local committee, which also controls other Historic Sikh Gurdwaras above.

Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Guru Ki Wadali

Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Guru Ki Wadali marks the spot where Guru Arjan used to sit supervising the work of Bhai Sahari, a Sikh farmer, and other Sikhs who worked the land where the produce went to the Guru's Langar.

Guru Arjan supervised the construction of a well here. Although the well is no longer in use, it still exists at the site of the Gurdwara. Guru Hargobind as a youngster would play here while his father worked.

The present building, a square domed room in the middle of a brick-paved terrace, was constructed in 1980's by the descendants of Bhai Sahari, who manage the Gurdwara.

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