Video - In and Around Alamgir Temple
Alamgir Gurdwara is situated only 11 kilometers south of Ludhiana along the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway. It is constructed in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh ji who had spent a few days to refresh himself of the tedium of an unrelenting fight against the Machiavellian enemy.
History of the Temple
Alamgir Gurdwara stands at a place where Guru Gobind Singh stayed for a few days after covering journey full of hazards, due to presence of Mughal military contingents in the area. On reaching Alamgir 11 km from Ludhiana he did not find any drinking water, then the Guru shot an arrow into the ground where appeared a spring. This particular spring has been converted into a tank known as 'Tirsar' which is an arrow lake.
Nearby to the Gurdwara is the magnificent six-storied Gurudwara Manji Sahib. This is the place where a devoted Sikh presented a horse to Guru Gobind Singh. since then he discarded traveling in a Palki (palanquin). Guru Gobind Singh also gave a very affectionate send off to Nabi Khan and Ghani Khan by bestowing a Hukamnama by which their services were appreciated. The Gurdwara of Alamgir is situated only a few kilometers away from the industrial town of Ludhiana popularly known as Manchester of India.
Significance of the templeGurdwara Manji Sahib in Ludhiana's Alamgir village in Punjab reflects yet another landmark in the life of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Guru Gobind Singh was pursued by the Mughal Army and it was at this Gurdwara that he paused, rested and blessed it with his presence.
During Guru Gobind Singh's time of visit, the Mughals under Emperor Aurangzeb were regaining their ascendancy.Following the battle later in Anandpur Sahib, the Guru abandoned the fort and came to Macchiwara, where his family was put to death.It was during this period that two Pathan brothers, Ghani Khan and Nabi Khan, even at the prospect of facing certain death came to rescue and helped the Guru to escape from the Mughal army.
On reaching Alamgir and the Guru was unable to find any drinking water, the Guru ordered his followers to fetch drinking water from a nearby well. But they could not, as the boundary wall had fallen into the well and the water was contaminated.
The Guru then shot an arrow into the ground and a spring of water gushed out. "This spring has been converted into a tank known as 'Tirsar', or Arrow Lake. The Guru said that whoever visits the holy tank with full faith, all his pains and worries would be cured. Due to the Manji or palanquin that brought the disguised Guru to Alamgir, the Peer of Ucch bestowed this Gurudwara its name, the Manji Sahib. For devotees, the Gurdwara Manji Sahib is a pilgrimage as well as a tourist destination, both for its sanctity and the slice of Sikh history that it offers.
It is a holy shrine of the Sikhs which contributes its bit to the glorification of Sikhism. There is also a Langar that serves the people with free food and makes them satisfied. For generations till date, the Gurdwara Manji Sahib serves humanity with glorious lamp those lights up the obscured pathway of Humanity.
The festival at Gurdwara Manji Sahib of Punjab is celebrated in December every year. The congregation at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir is addressed by Katha Vaachak and learned priests. A huge crowd of devotees visit the place during the last week of December. The palanquin that Guru Gobind Singh used to escape is still preserved. There is a Langar which serves anyone who visits it with free food.
Accommodation Facilities at the Temple
|The Devotees of Gurudwara can get suitable accommodation in private hotels and tourist bungalows of the Punjab Government at reasonable rates.||Near by tourist places to Alamgir Gurudwara
How to Reach the Temple
- By Air the Gurudwara is well connected with the remaining part of India by regular flights via Chandigarh and Amritsar airports. Regular flights are operated by Indian airlines from Chandigarh to Delhi, Lucknow, Leh and Amritsar.
- By Railways- it is also well connected to the state of Punjab with the rest of India. Five major railway hubs in Punjab are Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, and Jalandhar.
- By Road the Gurdwara can be reached by State Highways which link the state capital with the other major cities of India. National Highway 1 or the Grand Trunk Road connects most of north and east India with the state of Punjab.