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Gurudwara Hira Ghat Sahib- Nanded, Maharashtra

Gurudwara Hira Ghat Sahib , about nine kilometers downstream from Nanded is where Guru Gobind Singh first pitched his tents right on the Godavari bank. A legend similar to the one associated with Gurudwara Nagina Ghat Sahib is also related to this shrine. Here it was the emperor Bahadur Shah who presented to the Guru a bira (diamond) which the Guru flung into the river, and asked the offended emperor to look into the river, where the latter saw heaps of diamonds. The emperor was deeply impressed and he bowed to the Guru with humility. The only difference is that at Nagina Ghat Sahib, a devotee had come with present of Nagina, whereas at Heera Ghat Sahib, the visiting person was Emperor Bhahadur Shah, who had come from Golkonda side and presented a very beautiful ‘Hira' i.e. diamond to the Guru. Again Guru Sahib didn't take a serious notice of the so-called precious present and threw it into the Godavari River passing side by. The king was also surprised at the Guru's fete and when on latter's instructions tried to fetch out his diamond from the river, he also found the river full of so many diamonds, even more precious than his offering. The emperor realized that at Guru Nanak's Darbar there was no shortage of any kind and the glittering wealth does not tempt the Sikhs and in other words it serves at the doors of Sikhs community. will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras. brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
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