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Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib Bhagat Namdev

Location - Ghoman, Gurdaspur, Punjab, India

Associated with - Bhagat Namdev Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - unknown

Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib Bhagat Namdev, which is also known as Gurdwara Sri Tapiana Sahib, is situated at Ghoman which is associated with Bhagat Namdev (1270-1350) the founder of the town.

Bhagat Namdev Ji was born on 29th October 1270 in the village of Naras-Vamani in the Satara district of Maharashtra (presently called Narsi Namdev). Namdev was a holy-man who travelled from Maharashtra to Punjab and gave the natives of Punjab, a message of love.

Bhagat Namdev prayed to God here for 10-20 years, doing many miraculous deeds. There is an old Thara Sahib and a statue of Bhagat Namdev. The Parkash of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is carried out in the Gurdwara.

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji recognizes many bhagats of the Bhakti movement of medieval India. Kabir, Farid, Namdev are some of the bhagats belonging to this movement which swept across the North India from 1100 AD till 1600 AD.

When Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji compiled first Aad Guru Granth Sahib, he decided to give recognition to the bhagats of Bhakti movement, which is why Guru Granth Sahib contains verses of such bhagats. In some cases the Guru Granth Sahib is the only voice that remained for such bhagats over the years.

Namdev visited numerous centres of pilgrimage so that he could share with the maximum number of people the limitless power of God as he realised it. Finally, he came to Punjab, accompanied by Gian Dev. Bhagat Namdev founded the village of Ghoman, in Gurdaspur district, and made it his dwelling place. He stayed here for about 10-20 years, and it was here that he breathed his last in 1350 AD. Most of Namdev's hymns that are included in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji were possibly composed here; the language of these is either Punjabi, or greatly influenced by it.

Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgharia erected a memorial at Ghoman in remembrance of Namdev's work. A large fair is held there in January (2 Magh) every year. Sada Kaur also had a sarovar dug there. Now many more elegant buildings have come up at that place, constructed by his followers. Several organisations have engaged in spreading Namdev's spiritual and humanitarian message to the peoples. Namdev has summed up his entire message as follows:

Within all hearts, the Lord speaks, the Lord speaks.
Who else speaks, other than the Lord? ||1||Pause||

Forward Bhagat Namdev Ji - was a calico printer from Maharashtra and has 60 hymns in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

The spiritual message of Bhagat Namdev emphasized the importance of living the life of a householder (grist jiwan). We find that in his repudiation of Vaisnava doctrines, in his metaphysical ideas, methodology and goal, and his otherworldly approach to the world and society, are quite identical with those of Kabir.

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