There are a few places in the history of Punjab about which people are aware of their half history only, and one of such places is Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Bathinda.
Most people know that Sri Damdama Sahib was developed as a place to take rest because Damdama words mean Rest and this is true as well. But this was not the complete history or information about this place.
In case you are someone who wants to know more about Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Bathinda, and fetch information to travel to this place. Then you are at the right place, as here we are going to discuss just that.
History of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib
There are a number of things which are linked to the history of Sri Damdama Sahib, firstly people are aware that Guru Gobind Singh ji completed the literary work here during his stay in 1705.
During this time Guru Sahib prepared the revised version of the Adi Granth into the final edition of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Which is not being considered as a spiritual guide for all the Sikhs.
Quick fact: The final edition of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji was written at Damdama Sahib which was also known as the Damdama Sahib Bir.
Do you guys know how Damdama sahib was developed? If you said no, then here’s the complete story.
Damdama is a word which means Rest, and also on the place where Damdama sahib gurudwara has been situated Guru Gobind Singh ji rested after fighting a number of battles with Mughal emperors.
Before reaching at this place (currently known as Damdama Sahib) Guru sahib’s two sons were bricked alive at Fatehgarh Sahib and two laid down their lives at Chamkaur sahib.
After writing Zafarnama, Guru Gobind Singh fought a successful battle at Muktsar and then moved towards Talwandi Sabo.
After leaving the fort of Sri Anandpur Sahib and passing through Chamkur Sahib, Machhiwara, Lakhi Jungle and a number of other locations including a battle in Muktsar.
Sri Guru Gobind Singh arrived in Talwandi Sabo on an elevated piece of land. At the place where Guru Ji rested, the location became famous as ‘Damdama Sahib’.
From Damdama Sahib, Guru Ji issued orders (Hukamnama) for all Sikhs so was also known as a ‘Takht’.
The current gurudwara building that we see was developed or constructed in the 1970s by Sant Seva Singh.
This was all about the history of this place, now we are going to move towards the section where we will discuss how to travel to Damdama Sahib.
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How to reach Takht Sri Damdama Sahib?
There are a number of ways with the help of which you can reach Shri Damdama Sahib. Let us have a look at all the available options:
By Air: You can take a direct flight to Amritsar or Chandigarh and right after that you will find direct buses for Bathinda.
Once you have visited Bathinda you can book cabs or auto rickshaw to travel to this gurudwara.
By Rail: The next method if you have a bit lower budget is by traveling via a train. You can directly take a train to Amritsar, Chandigarh, or Bathinda Junction.
Outside the junction, you will find autorickshaws, you can take them directly to Damdama Sahib.
By Road: You would have to reach Bathinda via bus and then you can take a direct auto to Damdama Sahib.
If you are planning a road trip, then you would be able to travel via your car as well. You can directly plan a road trip via car, where you directly need to travel to Bathinda and then you can reach Damdama Sahib.
There is no specific local cuisine of this place, but we would suggest you to go for the langar at this Gurudwara.
Around this gurudwara, you would be able to find a number of hotels and Dhabas. If you still want to try out some of their local cuisines you can check out their Makki di roti and Sarson da saag at any hotel or Dhaba.
Damdama Sahib is one such gurudwara where Guru sahib has actually spent a lot of time, right after visiting this gurudwara you would be able to feel their presence around you. Not just that, it’s said if you visit this place for a wish, your wishes always get completed.
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