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Gurdwara Sri Guptsar Sahib Manmad

Location - Manmad, Nasik, Maharashtra, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - unknown

Sarai - Yes

Manmad is a small town in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. It is a railway junction on the Central Railway, 260 km northeast of Bombay to which it is also connected by road, via Chandor and Deolali.

Sikhs from the north coming to visit the Sikh Gurdwaras at Nanded change trains here.

It is said that Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, during his stay at Nanded, secured the release of two Maratha chiefs, Bala Rao and Rustom Rao from the Satara Fort and brought them to Manmad.

There was a very dense forest at the place of Gurdwara. Baba Nidhan Singh Ji started karseva for constructing Gurdwara here by clearing the dense forest with the help of Sikhs. A hidden Baoli (well) was found while constructing the Gurdwara. After cleaning the well, it was noticed that the water of the well was divine and sweet. Because of this hidden well (Gupt Kuwan) the Gurdwara is later named as Gurdwara Sri Guptsar Sahib.

Baba Nidhan Singh started karseva for construction of this Gurdwara in 1931, primarily for the Sikhs visiting Nanded. The Gurdwara compound is entered through a simple double storey gateway. To the left of the courtyard is the large divan hall, with a platform for the Guru Granth Sahib in the eastern part of it.

The main three storey building has a central dome on top and smaller decorative domes at the corners. The walls of the hall are lined with white marble slabs with grey streaks up to midheight. The walls further up are inlaid with multicoloured glass pieces and reflecting mirrors arranged in geometrical patterns. The roof of the hall is made up of glazed tiles in different shades and the floor is paved with marble. Religious services are held morning and evening and the langar is open almost all day and night. Sikhs visit in large numbers at the time of Hola Mahalla and other festivals.

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