In 1685, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji was invited by Raja Medini Prakash the ruler of Sirmaur to visit his kingdom.
The Raja, as many other stories relate, was very hopeful of establishing a strong relationship with the powerful Sikh Guru.
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed in Nahan for about 8 months. The site of this Gurdwara, also known as Gurdwara Dasmesh Asthan, was discovered late in the 20th century. The Gurdwara un-earthed some historical items, an old well and a thara were found.
As a special gesture of respect, the Raja, members of his court and his city's leading merchants left the security of his palace in the Kingdom's capital, Nahan, to greet his Guru Gobind Singh and his large party of Sikhs and the Sangat (congregation). The Raja of Srinagar, Garhwal Phatshah had recently taken over some villages in Sirmaur and then there were the roving bands of mughal soldiers to worry about.
It would have been easier to just stay in the safety of one's own Palace or fort waiting for guests to arrive, but the special greeting was meant to make sure that the Guru and his Sikhs felt especially welcomed. The warm welcome had the desired effect for Guru Gobind Singh, who would spend the next four and a half years at Paonta and leave a written account in which he described his time at Paonta Sahib as the happiest years of his life.
According to historians, the ruler of Nahan had asked Guru Gobind Singh to select any place in his kingdom for settling permanently. After touring the entire state, Guru Gobind Singh's horse stopped at a place adjacent to the Yamuna. The captivating scenic beauty of the place must also have made the Guru select the spot.
Guru Gobind Singh established his fort at the selected place. Guru Gobind Singh also set up a cantonment where his "fauj" stayed. With the support of Guru Gobind Singh, the ruler of Nahan was able to save his territory from being wrested by Raja Fateh Shah of Gharwal.
Before leaving Nahan, Guru Gobind Singh left his 'Sri Sahib' which is still present with the Raja's decendants.
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