The Gurudwara is located in the Bhatinda district.Damdama Sahib or Talwandi Sabo is attached with great significance for Sikhs. This is where Guru Gobind Singhji sought refuge during his battles against the Mughals. It was here that he worked on the Adi Granth. The Baisakhi festival (from 13th to 15th of April) is hugely celebrated at Damdama Sahib and Sikh pilgrims from various parts of the world gather here to pay homage to Guru Gobind Singhji. This has been a very old which is ritual for about 250 years and ultimately coincides with the Rabi, harvesting festival.
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Significance of the Gurudwara
TAKHAT SRI DAMDAMA SAHIB, Talwandi Sabo, Bhatinda, is the fifth seat of the authority of Sikhs. This place owes its importance to the literary work of Guru Gobind Singh Ji done here during his stay in 1706. It was at Damdama Sahib that Guru Gobind Singh Ji prepared the revised and authentic version of the Adi Granth which is now being honored by the Sikhs as Guru Granth Sahib ji. He added to the original version prepared by Guru Arjan Dev Ji the verses of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. A large number of new converts joined the fold of the Khalsa here. Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed at Damdama Sahib for nearly a year.
After leaving the fort of Sri Anandpur Sahib and passing through Chamkur Sahib, Maachiwara, Deena Kangar followed by historic war of battle in Mukatsar. Guruji arrived in Talwandi Sabo in the year 1705 on a high elevated small piece land. On that place Guruji took a break and relaxed. Due to this reason this pious piece of land is famous as Damdama Sahib. From Damdama Sahib Guruji released orders(Hukamnama) for Sikh dissciples and announced or rather declared this sacred place as a Takhat. According to Dr. Trump's writings in 1706, Guruji baptised around 1.2 lakh devotees on the occassion of Baisakhi's get-together for Jor Mela. Maintaining the same custom during every year Baisakhi's festival is celebrated in same way here and lakhs of devotees come here to get Guruji's blessings even today.
This particular shrine consecrates the memory of an earlier visit of Guru Gobind Singh to the place in course of his return from Kurukshetra. Here Raja Ajmer Chand together with two Mughals, Sayyed Beg and Alaf Khan made a surprise attack on the Guru but was badly beaten back. The Mughal General was so impressed by the charismatic personality of the Guru that he became his devotee.
Talwandi Sabo is also known as Guru Ki Kashi. Here the fifth Takht of the Sikhs is located. The other four Takhts are Akal Takht, Amritsar, Takht Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur, Takht Hazur Sahib, Nanded (Maharashtra) and Takht Harmandir Sahib Patna (Bihar). Guru Gobind Singh arrived here on 20-21 January, 1706 and camped outside the village. This is a magnificent Gurudwara. Sri Damdama Sahib marks the place of his great stay. Here the great local Chaudhari Bhai Dalla looked after Guruji with great devotion. He refused to arrest the Guru as directed by Wazir Khan, Nawab of Sirhind.
Mata Sundri and Mata Sahib Kaur escorted by Bhai Mani Singh came here from Delhi to meet Guruji. Guruji spent nine months of intense literary activities. Here Bhai Mani Singh prepared the holy volume under the guidance of Guruji. Talwandi thus became a seat of learning and assumed the status of Guru Ki Kashi. It was here that Chaudhari Tiloka and Rama which are ancestors of the Pulkian (Patiala, Nabha and Jind) rulers received Amni from the blessed hands of the Guru.
Sacred articles of the tenth Guru, namely Sri Sahib (Sword), a mirror, a match lock, a portrait of the tenth Guru, a pothi, (book) transcribed by Baba Deep Singh, Sword of Baba Deep Singh and a Persian sword are displayed in the Gurudwara Damdama Sahib.
The other sacred places at Talwandi Sabo are Jand Sahib, Tibbi Sahib, Likhansar and Gurusar.
Besides, there are two Gurdwaras in memory of the ninth Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur, known as Wada Darbar Sahib and Gurusar. Guru Gobind Singh had come to Talwandi Sabo at the request of Bhai Dala, a devoted follower. He was the Chief of Brar jats of Ma!wa area. He liked the place immensely and stayed here for over nine months. During his stay, the place was transformed into an abode and a very great Khalsa and became a second Anandpur. At Damdama Sahib as it is now called, the Guru preached complete sacrifice of personal and family interests at the altar of the good of mankind.
How to reach the Temple
Through Airways: The nearest airports are located at New Delhi and Chandigarh which are 381 km and 217 km away by road respectively.
Through Railways: It is connected by rail and situated on the Ambala–Bathinda branch line of Northern Railway.
Through Roadways: The entire state (Punjab) is connected through an extensive network of metalled roads. State Highways connect major cities to the state capital.