Baba Bakala Sahib Gurudwara, Punjab

Gurdwara Baba Bakala Sahib is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara of Baba Bakala at Punjab in India. It is known for its association with the 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Mata Ganga and Baba Makhan Shah Lubana. It was said that the guru was meditated here for 26 years, 9 months and 13 days. There is a gurudwara on the site. Baba Bakala was originally known as Bakken-Wala means ‘City of Deer’ in Persian but with time Bakala city was originally a mound, where deer pastures were found.

Baba Bakala is located on Batala Road, near Amritsar, Punjab, India. This city is located only 43 km (26.7 miles) away from the Golden Temple in Amritsar city, 46.5 km (28.9 miles) north-west of Jalandhar and 193 kilometers (120.5 miles) north of the capital of Chandigarh. Prior to passing in Delhi, Guru Har Krishan called “Baba Bakale”. Once the next master was found, the word “Baba Bukale” was developed in Baba Bakal, the official name of the city. Punjab is the city, where the Punjabis and the Sikhs are in abundance and other religions are in minority as Hindus and Jain. Not only Sikhs but also the people of other religions visit this gurudwara.

Sikhism is the main religion of the city and other minorities include Hinduism and Jainism. Bhullar Jat and Shukla Pandit were originally from the city when it was established as a village. There were some Muslim families who went to India during the partition of India in 1947. There is also an ancient Shiva temple in the center of the city which still exists. This is mainly led by Shiromani Akali Dal party in the constituency of Bakala Sahib. The foundation stone of Baba Bakala Sahib Tehsil was done by Jivan Singh Umarangal. Every year, thousands of people visit Baba Bakala Sahib Gurudwara to get blessings of guru.


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