About and History of Nanak Jhira Bidar Gurudwara
The Gurudwara is established in a nice valley, surrounded by laterite hills on three sides. The shrine comprises Darbar Sahib, Diwan Hall, and Langar Hall. In the sukhasan room, Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikh is placed.
Inside Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib A beautiful Gurdwara has been constructed after the independence of India in 1948 by the side of the spring. The water from the spring is collected in a small Amrit Kund built opposite to the front stairs of the Gurudwara. It is believed that a holy dip is enough to cleanse the body as well as the soul. There is a free community kitchen where free food is given to pilgrims 24 hours night and day. A Sikh museum has been built in the memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, depicting the important events of Sikh history through pictures and paintings.
During his second Udasii of south India between 1510-1514 A.D., Guru Nanak after sojourning through Nagpur and Khandwa visited the ancient Hindu temple of Omkareshwar on the Narmada and reached Nanded. From Nanded, he proceeded towards Hyderabad and Golconda where he met Muslim saints, and then arrived at Bidar to meet Pir Jalaluddin and Yakoob Ali.
According to the Janamsakhis, the Guru accompanied by his companion Mardana stayed in the outskirts of the Bidar. Nearby were the huts of Muslim fakirs, who took a keen interest in the sermons and teachings of the great guru. The news soon spread throughout Bidar and its surrounding areas about the holy saint of the north and a large number of people started coming to him to have his darshan and seek his blessings. There used to be an acute shortage of drinking water in Bidar. All efforts of the people to dig wells were of no avail. Even when wells produced water the water was found to be unfit for drinking.
The guru was greatly moved by the miserable condition of the people, and while uttering Sat Kartar, shifted a stone and removed some rubble from the place with his wooden sandal. To the utter surprise of all, a spring of cool and fresh water has flowed to this day. This is how the place soon came to be known as Nanak Jhira. The crystal clear stream that still flows out of a rock near the Gurudwara is believed to be God’s answer to the Guru’s prayers.
Another version of Guru Nanak’s visit to Bidar has him visiting a Sufi saint who lived with his family and followers here amidst a source of fresh, sweet water and that is where the Gurudwara eventually came to be.
Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib is a Sikh historical shrine situated in Bidar, Karnataka. Gurdwara Nanak Jhira Sahib was built in the year 1948 and is dedicated to the first Sikh guru Guru Nanak. Bidar has a very long association with Sikhism as this is the hometown of Bhai Sahib Singh, one of the Panj Pyare (five beloved ones), who offered to sacrifice their heads and were later baptized as the first members of the Khalsa.
Timings to visit Nanak Jhira Bidar Gurudwara
It is open 24 hours.
How to Reach Nanak Jhira Bidar Gurudwara
By Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal – 120 km, Zaheerabad – 28 km.
By Train: Gulbarga Railway Station – 105 km, Zaheerabad Railway Station – 28.7 km.
By Road: Gulbarga – 103 km, Hyderabad – 117 km.
Nanak Jhira Bidar Gurudwara, Prabandhak Committee, Gurdwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bidar 585402, Karnataka, India