Nawanshahr district was carved out of Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar districts of Punjab on 7th November 1995, as the 16th district of the State of Punjab, named from the headquarters town of Nawanshahr.
Nawanshahr was founded by the migrants from Rahon near the Sutlej river as Rahon was in danger of being flooded.
On 27th September 2008 at Khatkar Kalan, 8 km from Nawanshahr, the Punjab government announced that a district in the state would be named after Sikh freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Nawanshahr district became Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district.
There are 3 Historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Nawanshahr city.
On 6th August 1665, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji stopped here to rest while traveling from Baba Bakala to Kiratpur Sahib.
Mata Nanaki, Mata Gujri, Bhai Makhan Shah, Bhai Kirpal Chand (Guru's brother-in-law) and other Sikhs were also with Guru Tegh Bahadur. Guru Tegh Bahadur travelled via Baba Bakala, Amritsar, Thalan, Tarn Taran, Khadoor Sahib, Goindwal, Sultanpur, Kartarpur, Jalandhar, Palahi, Phagwara, Hakimpur, Banga and then to Nawanshahr.
Guru Tegh Bahadur stayed here for 5 months and 19 days preaching Sikhi. Guru Sahib would hold diwans in the morning and evening. Sangats would travel far and wide to see Guru Tegh Bahadur. Mata Gujri would prepare langar.
Guru Tegh Bahadur renamed the name of the area from 'Neemashahr' to 'Nawanshahr'. Guru Tegh Bahadur had a well built which was used to prepare langar and provide water for Guru Tegh Bahadur's bath. The well still exists. From here Guru Tegh Bahadur went to Kiratpur via Durgapur and other villages.
The village of Durgapur has become part of Nawanshahr city now.
When Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji stayed at the site of Gurdwara Sri Charan Kamal Sahib Jindowal, Guru Sahib also visited this place.
This Gurudwara is situated 400 meters from Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Nawanshahr in Nawanshahr city.
Baba Sri Chand, the eldest son of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, stayed at this site for 40 days and prayed to God. A Talhi (Shisham) tree planted by Baba Sri Chand still exists.
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