"Bhatinda – The Punjabi City Named After the Bhati Kings"

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.


Let’s Take a Peek at the Magnificent ‘Shri Damdama Sahib’

The word ‘Damdama’ literally translates to ‘breathing or resting place’. Shri Damdama Sahib in Bhatinda got this name because it was the resting place for Guru Gobind Singh during the turbulent times when the Sikhs were fighting several defensive battles against the Mughals. This place is also known as ‘Guru ki Kashi’ as it was also considered as the centre of Sikh learning.

Things to take care of!

  • Visitors are advised to be dressed in loose-fitting clothes that cover their legs completely. The visitors have to be seated on the carpeted floor and appropriate clothing should be worn accordingly.
  • The visitors visiting the main prayer hall and the Langar hall have to remove their footwear and keep them in the designated shoe racks.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in and around the Gurudwara campus. You are also not allowed to enter the gurudwara immediately after smoking.
  • Visitors are required to cover their heads while in the premises of the gurudwara. For men, head covering is available but a large knotted handkerchief is also acceptable. Other hats and caps, except turbans, are not permitted.
  • Consuming alcohol, drugs, is strictly forbidden in and around the Gurudwara.

Travelling to Shri Damdama Sahib

By Air

The nearest airport to Bhatinda is Chandigarh and Amritsar, which are at about 146 and 177 kms respectively. Both Chandigarh and Amritsar are well connected to major cities across India. Busses and cars are available to travel from these cities to Bhatinda.

By Road

Bhatinda is well connected by road with all major cities of North India. You can easily avail bus and taxi services from different cities.

By Train

Bhatinda is a major railway station of the North India. Most trains travel to Bhatinda via Patiala, while there are some direct trains too from different cities. In most cases, you will have to travel to Delhi and take a train that connects Bhatinda via Ambala or Patiala.

Visiting Shri Damdama Sahib – Timings

  • The Shri Damdama Sahib temple is open on all days of the week, all 24 hours.
  • Summers are extremely hot and sultry. Winters are pleasant and hence, the best time to visit Shri Damdama Sahib is between the months of October and March.

Don’t Miss – For the foodie in you

Punjab is a treat for all the food lovers. Whether you are a vegetarian or a hard core non vegetarian, you are sure to be treated with utmost delicacies that you will always relish. Bajre ki roti and sarson ka saag remain classical favourites and for those who look for something spicy and delicious, tandoori dishes are for you!

Did You Know?

History recounts the significance of Takht Damdama Sahib as also the place where Guru Gobind Singh Jitested Bhai Dalla for his bravery and brought him into the order of Khalsa.

Exploring Ladakh – Places You Must Visit!

Bir Talab Zoo

Located about 6 Kms from Bhatinda, the Bir Talab Zoo is another place that you should definitely visit. The tourist complex at the zoo houses a children’s park and has arrangements for some rides. The zoo is a favourite picnic spot for the locals.

Rose Garden

For all those who have a liking for nature and its beauty, Rose Garden is a visual treat. Located near the Thermal Plant and stretched over an area of 40,000 sq. meters, the Rose Garden of Bhatinda boasts of natural, scenic beauty with roses of all colours and types. The garden is specially spectacular during the winters.


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