One of the very few Sikh pilgrimage centres in south India, the Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib nestles in serene surroundings near a splendid Gurudwara complex. A natural spring feeds the Sarovara (lake) built here. A Guru-ka-langar (community kitchen) provides free food to all visitors. According to a legend Guru Nanak, the famed social and religious Sikh reformer had visited Bidar while the land was in the grip of a famine. At the request of locals, Guru Nanak performed a miracle to bring about a spring of water from the laterite rock mountain. Till this day, crystal clear water flows from here. It is believed that drinking this water cures many ailments.
Reasons to visit Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurudwara:
- Langar: Langar is a community kitchen in Gurudwaras where visitors can volunteer to help. Langar serves free meals to devotees each day.
- Sikh Museum: Showcases significant events related to Sikh community, key people and their contributions.
- Amrit Kund: The holy pond in front of Gurudwara, collects water from nearby springs.
- The holy book: The holy book of the Sikhs, called Guru Granth Sahib can be seen by visitors at Sukhasana room.
How to reach: Bidar city is 700 kms from Bengaluru. Recently opened Bidar Airport is the closest airport (4 kms from Gurudwara) which has once a day flight from Bengaluru. Hyderabad airport is the next best option, 150 kms from Bidar. Bidar city railway station is 4 kms from Gurudwara. Buses and trains are available from Bengaluru to reach Bidar.
Places to stay near Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurudwara: Bidar city has several budget and mid range hotels.