The state of Karnataka is located in the south western part of India. The geographical terrain of this state is characterized by major rivers like Krishna and Kaveri, scenic hill ranges, forests, waterfalls and beaches dotting the coastline. It is important to note that Karnataka has been ranked as the fourth most popular destination for tourism among the states of India. The natural beauty of this state, along with nationally protected monuments, UNESCO's World Heritage Sites (the ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi), temples, modern cities etc draw tourists to this state. Gurudwaras of Karnataka are no exception in this regard. They also serve as spots that have the potential to catch the attention of tourists visiting this state.
Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib
Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib is situated in Bidar, a hill-top city situated on the Deccan Plateau. This Sikh historical shrine was established in the year 1948. It is dedicated to the first Sikh guru namely, Guru Nanak. This Gurdwara is divided into the Darbar Sahib, Diwan Hall and Langar Hall. There is also a sukhaasan room and a likhari poom in this gurudwara. The former room houses the holy book of the Sikh namely, Guru Granth Sahib, whereas in the latter room donations are accepted and receipts are issued. This Gurdwara is associated with free community kitchen called Guru Ka Langar. This kitchen provides free food to the pilgrims on a 24 hours basis.
Gurudwara Shri Mai Bhago Sahib
Gurudwara Shri Mai Bhago Sahib is located in Janawada village, near about 10 km away from the city of Bidar. More specifically, this Gurudwara is located near Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib. This Gurudwara is dedicated to Mata Mai Bhago. Mai Bhago is recognized as a survivor of the Battle of Muktsar. She is also known to accompany Sri Guru Gobind Singh to Nanded in Maharashtra from Punjab. Most importantly, she had spread the message of Sikhism during her stay at Janawada at the residence of Rustam Rao and Bala Rao, the two Maratha chiefs. The sacred house of Mai Bhago was later turned into a Gurdwara by the Sikhs.
Gurdwara Singh Sabha Jalahalli
Gurdwara Singh Sabha Jalahalli is located in Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka. Continuing the long held Sikh tradition of ‘Sewa’ (also known as selfless service), the Sikh employees of the different states working in different sectors helped in the establishment of this Gurudwara.
Other Gurdwaras of Karnataka
Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Bengaluru and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Mysore are some of the other Gurdwaras of Karnataka.
(Last Updated on : 09-11-2016)
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