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Achal Sahib - Distt. Gurdaspur

Gurdwara Achal Sahib is situated on the Batala--Baba Bakala road. Achal Batala has been the most important centre of Nathpanthi yogis during the Mughal rule. Guru Nanak came to this place on Shivratri festival along with his disciples.

As soon as Guru Nanak reached the place, people gathered around him to touch his feet. This created jealousy and bitterness in the hearts of yogis, as people paid much attention to the Guru and ignored them outright. This was too much for yogis to tolerate. Feeling that Guru Nanak was an intruder to their sacred place to win over their disciples, their leader Bhangar Nath had a bitter debate with the great Guru. Guru Nanak told the yogi that he was a hypocrite. Though outwardly he had renounced the world being a recluse, yet he goes to the houses of the worldly people to beg his food. He questioned, "In what way' you are superior to those at whose door you beg your daily meal? What do you give them in return" Instead of replying,, the Yogi started showing miracle of black magic and occult powers. But Guru Nanak was not impressed by his magic tricks. It so happened that yogi lost the power to show his miracle in the presence of the Guru. He realised that some superior power had taken the wind out of sail. The Yogi came to Nanak, calm and bewildered. Guru told him that all these magic tricks would be insignificant compared to the love and grace of God. 

Gurudwara Achal Sahib stands on the spot where Guru Nanak had discussion with Yogi Bhangar Nath. will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

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