Gurdwara Maltekri Sahib, Nanded


Gurdwara Mal Tekri stands at the place of Guru Nanak's visit in about 1512.

A Muslim saint Ladakh Shah Faqir was in deep meditation in his hut and prayed. 'O Wali Peer Nanak! I have heard that you are a true representative of the Lord and redeem the strayed. I cannot reach you as I am unable to walk even; I have no sight in my eyes. People say that you can reach the hearts of others. If so, please do understand my feelings and come and redeem me without further delay'.

Guru Nanak ji reached him during his prayers. Guru Nanak ji asked him to open his eyes and see for himself as to who was present in front of him. The saint fell at the feet of the Guru ji and prayed, 'O Great One, I am emancipated by your effulgent presence, hearing my prayers, this hut is blessed by your presence.'

Guru Nanak ji blessed him. 'O saint! You have become like a long praying. Now your prayers are answered. Time will come when the people will come to the place where you have been meditating. This place will soon be known world over. You are quite old and unable to look after yourself. You must not do anything else except cleaning this place daily. You will get two ashrafees daily which shall meet your daily requirements.'

Guru Nanak ji told Lakad Shah Faqeer, 'that a large amount of money is kept buried at the place which shall be later required by his successor. You must look after the place till the arrival of a successor who will take out the money from the place for the need of his followers.'

Lakad Shah Faqeer lived till the arrival of the Guru Gobind Singh ji and handed over the money buried at the place. Guru Gobind Singh ji distributed the money among his army.

The place was known as Mal Tekri from that day onwards.

At one time the Muslims tried to take over the place by burying their dead at the place and by converting Gurdwara into a mosque. A dispute arose between Muslims and Sikhs about the occupation.

The case was taken up to the court of Nizam of Hyderabad and later to the High court at Calcutta. The judgement finally announced on 8 January 1930 was in favour of the Sikhs and, on Government orders, the buried bodies were taken over and the place handed over to the Sikhs and it became an important pilgrimage for the Sikhs.'

The Gurdwara is frequently visited. Almost all the travellers who come to pay obeisance at Abchal Nagar come and pay obeisance at this place too.

The Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee of Abchal Nagar controls and maintains this place.

Gurdwara Maltekri is located two Kms from Takht Sri Sachkhand Sahib ji on the bank of Godavari in Brahampuri Mohalla.

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