Gurdwara Nanak Jhira Sahib
Gurdwara Nanak Jhira Sahib is associated with Guru Nanak Dev ji.
This Gurdwara is a Sikh historical shrine situated in Bidar, Karnataka.
During Guru Nanak Dev ji's second Udasi of South India, Guru Nanak Dev ji came to Bidar, accompanied by his companion Mardana stayed in the outskirts of the Bidar town where 'Nanak Jhira' Gurdwara is now located.
There used to be acute shortage of drinking water in Bidar. All efforts of the people to dig wells were of no avail. Even when wells produced water the water was found to be unfit for drinking.
The Guru ji was greatly moved by the miserable condition of the people. With divine name on His lips and the mercy in His heart He touched the hillside with His toe and removed some rubble from the place. To the utter surprise of all, a fountain of sweet, cool water gushed out of the hillside. The place soon came to be known as 'Nanak-Jhira'.
A beautiful Gurdwara has been constructed by the side of the fountain. The water of the fountain is collected in a small 'Amrit-Kund' built in white marble. With the water channeled into a sarovar close by, the devotees now take dips in the sacred water which is thought to cure several ailments.
There is a free Kitchen where free food is given to pilgrims 24 hours night and day. A Sikh museum has been built in the memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, depicting the important events of Sikh history through pictures and paintings.
The management of Gurdwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib runs a Free Hospital, an Engineering College, a Polytechnic.
About 4 to 5 lakh pilgrims and tourists visit Gurdwara Nanak Jhira every year.
Three main events / congregations are held here during Holi in the month of March, Dashera in October and Guru Nanak's birthday in November.