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Gurudwara Kapal Mochan - Distt. Ambala

 

Kapal Mochan is also known as Gopal Mochan. It is about 17 km north-east of Jagadhari town,on the Bilaspur-Ranjitpura road in Ambala disrict. It is an ancient place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs. Its importance is evident from the fact that its name appears at numerous places in Mahabharata and Puranas.  

Kapal Mochan has been described as famous in all the three mythological worlds. It is the destroyer of all sins. The devotees get rid of sins by taking a dip in the sacred tank.     

Kapal Mochan is a natural hollow, near the bank of Sarswati river, dammed up,to form a Kund or pool. This place was also visited by Guru Gobind Singh after the battle of Bhangani in 1679 A.D. ,on his way to Paonta Sahib. He stayed and worshipped here for 52 days. His soldiers cleaned their weapons and tested them to meet future challenges. Here the great Guru distributed awards and Saropas to brave soldiers who distinguished themselves in the battle of Bhangani. He also exhorted his followers to maintain the sanctity of the sacred place. He gave a copper plate having his signature as memento to the Chief priest of Kapal Mochan. A Gurudwara stands near this tank in his memory.  

This holy place was also visited by Dropati and five Pandavas, as the tradition goes. They bathed here to get salvation. The five brothers also cleaned their weapons in the holy tank.

It is connected by road with Ambala, Karnal and Delhi. Nearest railway station is Yamunanagar, at a distance of 20 km.

   

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