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Gurudwara Mai Than – Agra


 

Gurudwara Mai Than – Agra  

The ninth Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur on his way to Patna visited Agra. Earlier this city had also been graced by the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. According to available records the fourth Guru Sri Ram Das along with’Bhai Gurdas had so stayed in Agra when they were assigned important mission by Sri Guru Amar Das to represent Sikhism in Akbar’s Court. A devout disciple lady invited Guru Tegh Bahadur to her house where he stayed for a day or two. Her name was Mai Jassi. The site of house has become a shrine and is known as Gurdwara Maithan.  

Agra attained fame during Mughal period as it became the capital city. And it is for the Mughal glory, epitomised by the world famous Taj Mahal that Agra has become such a major tourist attraction. The massive grandeur of its fort also impresses the visitors.   The Gurdwara is located in a narrow street near Ghatia Chowk in a ward which is also named Mai Than Mohalla after the Gurdwara. Here was the house of a devoted Sikh lady, Mai Jassi, who had long cherished a desire to see the Guru and present to him a length of cloth made from cotton yarn spun by herself. Guru Tegh Bahadur visited her at her house shortly before his was arrest in 1675 and accepted her offering. It is a three-storey building with the sanctum in a spacious hall on the ground floor, where Guru Granth Sahib is seated in a canopied seat of white marble. Rooms on the upper floors are available to staff and pilgrims for administrative and residential purposes. The Gurdwara is registered as Sri Guru Singh Sabha and is administered by Sri Guru Tegh bahadur Central Board, a registered body.

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