Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir


Gurdwara Manji Sahib (Alamgir Sahib) is situated in the Alamgir Village in Ludhiana District. Guru Gobind Singh, after his four sons and mother were martyred by the Mughals, was going from Machhiwara on a bed as " Uch Da Pir " and reached here on 14 Poh 1761 Bikrami (1704 A.D.). On reaching here, one of the horse traders of the village named Bhai Nigahia Singh, gifted a horse to Guru Sahib. Nabi Khan and Gani Khan were sent back with the bed. Guru Sahib asked an old lady who was picking cow dung whether he could get some water from somewhere to take bath to which the old lady replied that " Pir Ji this is a place of ruins, there is no water here. There is a well far away but there is a big python that lives there, no one goes there.

Guru sahib hit the python with an arrow giving it " Mukti " ( exemption from further transmigration ) and the python fell into the well. When the Sikhs went to fetch water, the water had gone bad so close to where Guru sahib was sitting, Guru sahib hit one more arrow and there was a water spring that came out; all the Sikhs had a bath. On seeing this miracle, the old lady fell into GURU SAHIB's feet and said " Peer Ji you are a wonderful Peer, I have a request. I have leprosy and i have gone to various places to get the treatment done but it has not been cured, kindly cure my disease and help me to get rid of this disease. GURU SAHIB said that whoever takes a bath under this water spring with belief, GOD will cure all his sadness. Then GURU JI sat on the horse given by Bhai Nigahia Singh and went towards Raikot. The old lady had a bath in that water spring and was cured. She went back to the village and told about the whole story. The place where Bhai Nabi Khan and Bhai Gani Khan kept GURU SAHIB's bed, today at that place exists a beautiful Gurudwara known as Manji Sahib.

This Gurudwara stands at a place where Guru Gobind Singh stayed for a few days after covering journey full of hazards, because of the presence of Mughal military contingents in the area. On reaching Alamgir 11 km from Ludhiana and not finding any drinking water, the Guru shot an arrow into the ground where appeared a spring. This spring has been converted into a tank known as 'Tirsar' (arrow lake).

As a Manji or palanquin had been used to bring the disguised Guru to Alamgir, as the 'Peer of Ucch', the Gurudwara was called Manji Sahib. The original palanquin has been preserved here, in an underground cell, to this day.

Gurdwara Alamgir is situated only 11 kilometers south of Ludhiana along the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway.

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