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Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib

The holy shrine of Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib is located on State Highway 8, around 67 km away from Chandigarh Railway Station. It was built as a dedication to Shri Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur Ji.


According to an old handwritten record located in Gurudwara premises, a villager by the name of Bhag Ram worried over a mysterious disease that was threatening the lives of his fellow villagers visited the neighbouring town of Saifabad (now Bahadurgarh). He pleaded to Shri Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur Ji to pay a visit to his village and bless them, hoping that it would be rid off the deadly disease.

Heeding to Bhag Ram’s plea, he visited his village on 24th January 1672 (Magh Sudi 5, 1728 Bikram). The Guruji spent some time preaching and meditating under a banyan tree close to the village pond. Soon the village got rid of the mysterious disease. A place where the Guruji meditated came to be known as Dukhniwaran Sahib meaning “eradicator of suffering”. The pond is till date known for its healing properties.

Years later, Raja Amar Singh of Patiala (1748–82) had a garden developed on the same site as a tribute to Shri Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur Ji and entrusted it to the Nihang Sikhs. In 1920, when the proposed Sirhind-Patiala-Jakhal railway line was being planned, it came about that the banyan tree under which the Guruji had meditated years ago would have to be cut. However, the men in charge of its felling refused to do so. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh then decided to cancel the entire project. Ten years later a committee was formed to collect funds for the construction of a Gurudwara. Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, a staunch Sikh oversaw its construction and it was ready twelve years later in 1942.

Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib Complex

The Gurudwara is built on several acres of sprawling land. At its entrance are huge collapsible iron gates and black-and-white marble flooring. A small marble shrine marking the spot where Shri Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur Ji sat under a banyan tree and meditated has been constructed to the left of the pathway that leads to a Gurudwara which sits atop a raised base that has a domed chamber on each of its corners. The Gurudwara itself is two stories high with a huge domed pavilion right at the top. The domes are adorned with carved lotus flowers and leaves. Its interiors are built using white marble with hints of grey and black. The holy tank or sarovar is on the right and Guru ka Langar is towards the left side as one enters this Gurudwara. 

Best Time to Visit

Good time to visit Chandigarh is from mid-August and November. This Gurudwara attracts hordes of devout Sikhs during the Basant Panchmi festival that falls either in January or February each year. At this time, taking a dip in the pond (sarovar) is believed to cure the person of any ailment they may be suffering from.

How to Reach

By Air

Many airlines have regular flights to Chandigarh from Delhi, Leh and Amritsar. The Gurudwara is located at a distance of around 63 km from Chandigarh Airport.

By Rail

Chandigarh is well connected to major Indian cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Lucknow via an efficient rail network. The distance between Chandigarh’s railway station and Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib is around 67 km. 

By Road

Many state-run and private buses ply between Chandigarh and Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.

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