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Gurudwara Gobind Pura – Ambala

Guru Gobind Singh came to Ambala, on his way back from Kurukshetra to Anandpur Sahib, where he had gone on the occasion of solar eclipse to preach the name of God and the message of Guru Nanak. Gurudwara Gohind Pura was constructed by faithful disciples of the tenth Guru near the railway station of Ambala city. It is said to be the holy place where Guru Gobind Singh gave some Amrit to sparrows which got so much courage and strength from it that they killed the hawk of Qazi Mir Din greatly revered by the people.  

Gurdwara Gobind Pura Sahib is associated with Guru Gobind Singh Ji. When the Guru made sparrows fight and then kill Pir Amir Din’s hawk, the hawk fell at this place. Guruji visited this place then and uttered his famous words:

Chirion se main baaz turaun, Tabe Gobind Singh naam kahaun Gidderon se main sher banaun, Tabe Gobind Singh naam kahaun Nichon se main ucch banaun, Tabe Gobind Singh naam kahaun Sawa lakh se ek laraun, Tabe Gobind Singh naam kahaun. (It is when I make sparrows fight hawks that I am called Gobind Singh It is when make I lions out of wolves that I am called Gobind Singh It is when I make the lowly rise that I am called Gobind Singh It is when I make one fight a hundred thousand that I am called Gobind Singh)

Pir Sayyid Shah, another Muslim cleric, witnessed the miracle and sought from the young Guru the favor of a spring of sweet water, as the wells in the area were brackish. Guru Gobind Singh Ji sanctified the water of a well that is still present in the Gurdwara and ordained that whoever would bathe there would achieve salvation

A beautiful building consisting of a Main Hall, the Dashmesh Barat Ghar, Library, Dispensary and Staff quarters has been constructed here

Two other Gurdwaras, dedicated to the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, who is said to have visited it during his stay at Lakhnaur in 1670-71, are connected by a legend that young Gobind Rai made sparrows kill a hawk. These are, Gurdwara Badshahi Bagh patshahi Dasvin enar the civil courts, and Gurdwara Gobindpura Patshahi Dasvin located along the Jain College Road close to Labbhu Ka Talab (lit. Labbhu's pond). It is said that Guru Gobind Singh came on a hunting excursion. Once Pir Nur Din or Mir Din, the haughty priest of the shrine of Pir Gaib Shah near the site of Gurdwara Badshahi bagh, ridiculed the young son of a holy man going out hunting and boastfully brought out his own hawk for a kill. It was then that Guru Gobind Singh set some sparrows against the Pir's hawk which flew away badly mauled and fell down dead near Labbhu Ka Talab, where another Pir, Sayyad Shah, saw the miracle, and came to pay homage to the miracle-maker. Pir Nur Din, too, his pride now humbled, fell at the child's feet and asked his forgiveness and blessing. Pir Sayyad Shah also prayed for a well of sweet water because the sub-soil water all around was brackish. Guru Gobind Singh pointed to a spot where to dig, and surely enough the water of the new well tasted sweet. This two Gurdwaras were also established by Sardar Mehar Singh of Nishananwali Misl. Gurdwara Badshahi Bagh was destroyed by British shelling on a rebel force during the 1857 mutiny. It was rebuilt only in 1931 by Sant Gurmukh Singh of Patiala. Its present building is however the result of another reconstruction, this time by Sants of the Nirmala sect who are still managing it. The present building of Gurdwara Gobindpura is also a product of post-independence era.


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