Recognized as the fifth Takht of the Sikh religion on 18th November, 1966, Damdama Sahib is a very small town located near Bathinda in Punjab. It is a major seat for the Sikhs, which is counted as a major pilgrimage and religious sites for them. Also known as Talwandi Sabo or Guru Ki Kashi, Damdama Sahib is the historical place, where the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh prepared the full version of the holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the year of 1705.
It is said that Guru Gobind Singh, while returning from Kurukshetra made a stopover at Damdama Sahib and added to the importance of the place. Here, he was attacked by two Mughals, named Sayyed Beg and Alaf Khan, and was defeated by Guru ji. After that they became the devotees of Guru Gobind Singh.
Some of the major gurdwaras at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, which you can visit, are as follows:
- Gurdwara Manji Sahib Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur
- Gurdwara Manji Sahib Padshahi Nauvin and Dasvin
- Gurdwara Likhansar Sahib
- Gurdwara Jandsar Sahib
- Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib
- Gurdwara Sri Nanaksar
- Gurdwara Niwas Asthan Padshahi Dasvin
- Gurdwara Mata Sundari and Sahib Devan
There are several other pilgrim places at Damdama Sahib, which include Jand Sahib, Tibbi Sahib, Likhansar and Gurusar.
Large number of other Sikh gurus stayed at Damdama Sahib. From this place, Guru Govind Singh passed orders for his Sikh disciples and announced Damdama Sahib as the Takhat. Large number of Sikh followers congregates at this place on the occasion of the festival of Baisakhi Jor Mela. This grand affair is arranged every year with same enthusiasm and excitement. People gather here to seek the blessings of Guru Govind Singh.
At the Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, you can find various articles that were used by Guru Govind Singh. This is of great importance for the pilgrims as well as the travelers. You can find Sri Sahib (Sword), a portrait of the tenth Guru, a mirror, a pothi (book) transcribed by Baba Deep Singh, a match lock, sword of Baba Deep Singh and a Persian sword in the gurdwara.