Hazur Sahib, also known as Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib and Abchal Nagar, is located on the banks of the River Godavari at the city of Nanded in the state of Maharashtra, India. The gurudwara within the complex is known as Sach-Khand (Realm of Truth).
Some interesting things to know:
- The Gurudwara is built at the place where Guru Gobind Singh died after declaring the Guru Granth Sahib as his successor with the status of ‘Eternal Guru’.
- The gurdwara was built between 1832 and 1837 by order of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839).
- It is is one of the five takhts (“thrones”, seats of temporal authority) in Sikhism.The other four takhats are: Akal Takhat at Amritsar, Takhat Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur, Takhat Patna Sahib in Bihar and Takhat Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo, Bhatinda, Punjab.
- A chakra, a broad sword, a steel bow, a steel arrow, a gurz (heavy club with a large spherical knob), a small gilded kirpan and five gilded swords are on display in the sanctum of Takht Sachkhand as Guru Gobind Singhs relics.
- As per legend, one day Emperor Bahadur Shah who came to call on Guru Gobind Singh and presented him with a hira (diamond). The Guru threw it into the river. Emperor thought that the Guru did not know the value of the stone and felt offended. The Guru invited the Emperor to look into the water. The latter did so and was astonished to see heaps of diamonds lying at the bottom of the river. Cleansed of his pride, he bowed at the Guru’s feet. On that site stands Gurdwara Hira Ghat.
- There are seven Gurudwaras in the vicinty of Sach-Khand Gurudwara, namely:
- Gurudwara Banda Ghat
- Gurudwara Shikhar Ghat
- Gurudwara Nagina Ghat
- Gurudwara Heera Ghat
- Gurudwara Sangat Sahib
- Gurudwara Mata Sahib Devaan Ji
- Gurudwara Mal Tekdi Sahib
- Hazur Sahib, Nanded is located at a distance of 265 km from Hyderabad and is reachable in 5 to 51/2 hours by road and train. The road conditions are good.
- One can stay in the yatri niwas built near the Hazur Sahib, Gurudwara which are reasonably maintained and are economical.
- Do not miss the Langar where simple and tasty food is provided to all the pilgrims free of cost.