Gurdwara Banda Ghat


Gurudwara Banda Ghat Sahib is associated to Banda Singh Bahadur ji house at Nanded, Lachman Dev was the original name of Banda Singh Bahadur.

One day he killed a doe which immediately delivered itself of two cubs which expired in his presence. The sight shocked him. He renounced worldly life and became a bairagi sadhu and settled at Nanded on the banks of river Godavari in Maharashtra. He won great fame as a sorcerer under the name of Madhodas and commanded thousands of followers.

The Guru ji then asked him, 'Who are you?'

In September 1708, Guru Gobind Singh ji, who had come to the Deccan along with the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah, happened to go to Madho Das hut while hunting. Madho Das was away. The Guru ordered his disciples to cook food immediately as the Sikhs were hungry as they had not eaten for days. News of this reached Madho Das, who was enraged. He had mastered Tantra and tried some of his tricks to humiliate the Guru ji. But none had any effect on Guru Gobind Singh ji.

Madho Das, who having tried all his occult powers had my now accepted defeat, said with great humility, 'I am your banda (slave)'.

The Guru ji inquired, if he knew who he was talking to. Banda said he was none other than Guru Gobind Singh ji. The Guru ji then had a long conversation with Banda. He encouraged him to give up his present recluse lifestyle and the lonely way of living. The Guru ji asked him to resume the duties of a true warrior to fight for righteousness and justice before God.

Guru Gobind Singh ji taught him the basic principles of sikh religion and administered Amrit to Lachhman Das, admitting him to Sikh fold. The Guru ji renamed him as Banda Singh. Guru Ji's Amrit changed Lachhman Das's life completely. He was no longer a wicked bairagi troubling humiliating innocent people, but was now a brave Sikh of the tenth Master.

Recently the Gurdwara has been reconstructed and modified.

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