Sri Hazur Sahib Gurudwara - Nanded (the holy shrine)

Sri Hazur Sahib Gurudwara - Nanded (the holy shrine)

Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchal Nagar Sahib- Gurudwara

Gurudwara road, Yatri Niwas road, Sharda Nagar, Hyder Bagh, Nanded, Maharashtra.

About the Gurudwara:-

The Hazur Sahib Gurudwara located in Nanded, on the banks of river Godavari, is one of the five takhts in Sikhism. The Gurudwara within the complex is known as Sach-Khand. It is a domecd Gurudwara complex built in 1837 which also has rooms for the pilgrims to reside. The Gurudwara is simply beautiful as it has a marble verandah and a lush green garden. Every devotee feels peace and the spiritual power when visiting the shrine.Once you enter the premises, you would not believe that you are in Maharashtra, but it will feel like you have already entered Punjab! The place is just 3 kilometers away from the Nanded station and easily accessible. If you want to stay in one of the rooms, you have to contact the Gurudwara Management trust. There are early morning and evening prayers, follwed by kirtans and then the lazer show in the evening. The lazer show is a must watch which is scheduled every evenind after 7:45 pm, which provides the brief history about all the 10 Sikh Gurus. The best part about this place is , you can visit anytime no matter what the season is!

You should definitely visit this holy shrine when in Nanded and also eat a meal in the 'langar' served after 10:30 everyday, or you can offer voluntary services to serve food to the people sitting in the 'Guru ki Langar'. Also, have a taste of the delicious kadha prashad and 'aate ka halwa' ( halwa made up of flour) loaded with ghee! They also pack and give you delicious parathas for your train journey upon request.

The structure of the shrine is beautifully built with white marbles and there are intricate floral patterns on the inner walls. The inner room called the Angitha Sahib is covered with golden palates. The shrine is artistically similar to that of the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara in Amritsar. The inner rooms also keep all the weapons used by sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The thing you have to keep in mind before visiting the shrine is that, you must have a handkerchief, scarf or any type of headwear to cover your head while seeking blessings (it is mandatory). Without your head covered, you will not be allowed to enter the temple.

Where to stay in Nanded?

The rooms however are not very clean but moderate with basic facilities, they are called Yatri Niwas. The rooms are 100 m away from the Gurudwara located in the courtyard and are air conditioned.The rooms are directly facing the temple, with good views.The rooms have their own ensuite facilities but you have to bring your own towls, tooth brushes, soaps and other toiletries. The cost of the room per night stay is for 600 INR. If you arrive to Nanded by flight, there is a free bus ride from the airport to the Gurudwara. There is also free service to travel back to the airport, so no need to worry about arranging your own transportation. Buses start from 9 am and stop around 4 pm. Keep in mind that the reservations for the rooms should be done 15 days in advance of the date of travel.

How to get to Nanded from Mumbai? (cheap airfare)

Nanded has a small public airport called Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji airport. You can find flights from Mumbai to Nanded at cheap costs at the link mentioned below:-
The flight time is 1 hour 40 minutes approximately. The airfare rate starts at 2,899 INR per person (prices may vary depending upon the day and date of travel).
If you want to travel by train, there are 3 trains that run from Mumbai CSMT station to Nanded. The train journey takes about 11 hours and 55 minutes that is approx 606 kms. The first train leaves at around 6:30 am in the morning and the last train leaves around 21:25 pm in the night. 
Some of the trains are: Nanded Express 17613, LTT Nanded Express, Devagiri Exppress, Nandigram Express, Tapovan Express etc. 
There are also means of transport by road to reach Nanded from Mumbai but it takes a day or a half of travel time and is extremely tiring, uncomfortable and time consuming. The best way to reach Nanded is by airways.

What to do in Nanded?

The following places of importance can be visited when in Nanded-

Nanded fort
Kaleshwar mandir, Vishnupuri
Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji museum
Visava garden
Sahastrakund waterfall
Isapur dam
Kandhar fort
Siddheshwar temple

What to buy in Nanded?

You can buy fresh crop based goods from Nanded and also handicrafts like Bidri work, Warli paintings, small knives, daggers or swords from the Sikh era and earthen ware.

 Hotels near Sri Hazur Sahib:-

Some hotels are listed below-

The Fern residency, Parbhani
Hotel Ramakrishna International
Hotel Tulsi comfort
Hotel Anuradha palace
Hotel GN Executive
Hotel City Pride

With this, the blog comes to an end. Hope you find this informaion useful enough to figure out and plan your next trip to the holy shrine of Sikhs at Nanded. Till then stay tuned for the next blog, stay happy and safe in the times of the corona virus pandemic!


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