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Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Pandher

Location - Pandher, Sangrur, Punjab, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Sikh Artifacts - None

Sarovar - None

Sarai - Yes

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji left village Maiser Khana and travelled to village Pandher.

Arriving in the afternoon, Guru Tegh Bahadur asked the villagers where he could rest. One of the villagers pointed in jest to a poor potter's house saying, 'That is the place where travellers stay.'

Unmindful of the disrespect shown towards him, Guru Tegh Bahadur proceeded towards village Ali Sher.

Later when the head of the village Pandher learnt about the incident and also that the traveller was Guru Tegh Bahadur, then, he became remorseful. The village elders collected a few lumps of jaggery and some money, as an offering to be taken to Guru Ji.

The villagers travelled to village Ali Sher Kalan to ask for forgiveness. On the way the villagers met a person who was returning after paying homage to Guru Ji.

They asked the man, "What should we offer to Guru Tegh Bahadur to seek forgiveness?" The man replied, "Nothing, Guru Tegh Bahadur is compassionate and does not look at the faults of others." The villagers of Pandher distributed the offerings among themselves and went empty handed to Guru Ji.

The villagers asked for forgiveness and Guru Tegh Bahadur, unmindful of their past conduct, instructed them to follow the path of virtuous living. The villagers realized their mistake and returned to their village and constructed a Gurdwara at the place where Guru Tegh Bahadur first stopped.

When Pandher became a part of Nabha state. The rulers of Nabha made an endowment in land for the maintenance of the Gurdwara. A line of mahants served it until after 1956 when it was taken over by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The Gurdwara comprises a rectangular hall, with the Guru Granth Sahib seated on a canopied platform at one end of it.

Prakash Diwas of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji are celebrated with enthusiasm. Shaheedi Divas of Guru Arjan Sahib Ji and Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji are also organized here. Accommodation: There is a Sarai, which has eight rooms where Sikhs may stay. The Gurdwara owns 50 acres of land.

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