Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib
Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib is located in the Fatehgarh Sahib district which is about 5 km from Sirhind and about 40 to 50 km from Patiala. Having a base as Patiala and travelling here would be ideal.
History: Fatehgarh Sahib plays a prominent role in the history of Sikhism. While Sikhism was taking shape and Khalsa was established, the Mughals were not happy with a new community rising up. They were trying to convert everyone to Islam and many Sikhs lost their lives when being tried to convert to Islam. If you visit the Sikh museum in the Golden temple you can learn about the ordeal that Sikhs were put through. Many wars were fought by the Khalsa community with the Mughals to retain their land and pride. In one such war that was fought during the time of Guru Gobind Singh, the family gets scattered in the commotion. Guru Gobind Singh’s mother Mata Gujri and his two sons Fateh Singh and Zorawar Singh get separated. Though Mata Gujri is around with her grandsons, they soon get deceived by their cook and the Mughals capture them. When the Mughals force them to convert to Islamism and it doesn’t happen, they order the kids to be bricked alive. Unfortunately, the kids chose death over giving up their faith. I heard two stories from here. One that the kids were bricked alive. Second, the brick wall collapsed, they couldn’t be bricked alive so they were executed. The martyrdom of the kids at such a young age (they were 9 and 7 years) is praised and people come here to pay their respects and get the blessings.
To reach Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib in Sirhind, Punjab, India, you can follow these directions:
By Air: The nearest airport to Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib is Chandigarh International Airport (IXC). After reaching the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Sirhind, which is approximately 40 kilometers away.
By Train: Sirhind Junction is the closest railway station to Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib. Many trains connect Sirhind to major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Amritsar. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach the Gurudwara, which is around 3-4 kilometers away.
By Road: Sirhind is well-connected by roads, and you can easily reach there by bus or car.
If you are coming from Chandigarh, you can take the Chandigarh-Delhi Highway (NH5) and drive for about 50 kilometers to reach Sirhind.
If you are coming from Delhi, you can take NH44 and drive for about 250 kilometers to reach Sirhind.
If you are coming from Amritsar, you can take NH54 and drive for about 190 kilometers to reach Sirhind.
Once you reach Sirhind, follow the local signages to reach Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib.
Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib is a significant Sikh religious site, and it holds historical importance related to the martyrdom of the younger Sahibzadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Please respect the sanctity of the place and follow any specific guidelines or customs observed at the Gurudwara.