Where is Anandpur Sahib
Sahib India-the holy City of Bliss-is one of the most important sacred places of
the Sikhs and is closely linked with their religious traditions and history.
It is located on the lower spurs of the Himalayas surrounded by picturesque
natural scenery, with the river Satluj forming a shimmering and shiny blue
border on the south west barely four miles away. So far as the historical
significance of Anandpur Sahib is concerned, it is second only to Amritsar,
the city of Golden Temple. Anandpur Sahib was founded in the year 1664 by
the ninth Guru, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji, near the ruins of an ancient place,
Makhowal. The Guru purchased the site from the ruler of Bilaspur.
The Takht Sahib proper is a square hall with a balcony in front overlooking
a spacious courtyard on a lower level. In the middle of the inner domed room
are placed some weapons preserved as sacred relics. The space being limited
on the top of the hill, the sarovar is on the plain ground west of the Takht
Sahib. A large spacious pavilion is also around for larger congregation.
Although the town is small but on the occassion of Hola Mohalla every year
in the month of March it booms into boisterous activities and recaptures its
old glory andsplendor.