Shri Damdama Sahib, Bhatinda
Bhatinda, the ‘City of Lakes’ has more reasons than one for attracting the tourists. The city is known for its natural scenic beauty as well as for its historical significance. The city is also considered to be predominant for the presence of some of the most renowned Sikh religious shrines such as the Shri Damdama Sahib.
The Takht Shri Damdama Sahib holds high significance in the religion of Sikhism. One of the five Takhts or Seats of Temporal Authority of Sikhism, this Gurudwara is considered to be especially significant as this was the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, prepared the complete version of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture, in 1705.
Situated in Tawandi Sabo, 28 kms from Bhatinda in the southeast, Shri Damdama Sahib was officially recognized as the fifth Takht of Sikhism on 18th November, 1966. The declaration of the same was made by the Indian Government in April 1999 during the tricentennial celebrations for the formation of Khalsa, a collective body of all initiated Sikhs represented by the Guru Panth.