Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Anandpur, also known as Gurdwara Sri Dumalgarh Sahib, is located on the northern side of Takht Kesgarh Sahib.
It was at Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Anandpur that Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji trained his sons in martial arts.
The place was used as a playing ground. Wrestling matches and other competitions were also held here.
On 2nd November 1703 when Ajmer Chand, the ruler of Bilaspur attacked Anandpur Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh was sitting here under a bunyan tree.
In the battle field, Sikhs under the command of Bhai Maan Singh Nishanchi (standard bearer), gave a befitting fight to the hill army. During the battle Bhai Maan Singh was wounded and the Khalsa flag was broken.
A Sikh soldier reported the incident to Guru Gobind Singh. At this Guru Sahib tore a farra (small piece of cloth) from his keski (under-dumala) and set it in his dumala in the from of a hanging flag. Guru Gobind Singh declared that in future Khalsa flag shall never fall or get lowered.
The farra was to be part of the dumala of every Sikh leader. At that time some prominent Sikhs were sitting near Guru Sahib. All of them tore farras from their under-dumalas and decorated them in their dumalas in the form of hanging flags. Sahibzada Fateh Singh, who was just five years old at that time, also hung a farra in his dumala.
Since this incident the tradition of farra became a part of the dumala of every Sikh leader. Unfortunately, this tradition is no longer followed by Gurdwara masands who are elected. The exception are the Nihangs who observe the tradition as a Hukam of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
The name Gurdwara Sri Dumalgarh Sahib owes its association to the Dumala (farra) incident of 2nd November 1703. The double storey domed building of the Gurdwara stands in the middle of a 20 metre square marble paved compound. Its 3 metre square sanctum is in the middle of a 15 metre square hall on the ground floor.
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