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Takht Damdama Sahib, Bhatinda

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Talwandi Sabbo is hardly 35 km. from Bathinda city where Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji examined the loyalty of Bhai Dalla. The holly book Guru Granth Sahib Ji was written at this place by Bhai Manni Singh Ji. Guru Ji take Dam (rest) for 9 months 9 days and 9 hours. Guru Ji also blessed this town with education by calling it Guru Ki Kashi. The Punjabi University has now setup a Regional center for M.B.A. and other postgraduate studies. The Old antiques like Gun, Stamp, Sword, a Portrait, a Magic Mirror and blood strained dress of Guru Ji remind the last battle fought by them. Matchbox size Guru Granth Sahib and much more has been kept in Gurudwara and in Bhai Dalla's House. Literally, Damdama means a place to have a break and rest. It is located at village Talwandi Sabo, 28 km southeast of Bathinda. Guru Gobind Singh stayed here after fighting battles against Mughal atrocities. Before his arrival at Talwandi, two of the Guru's sons were bricked alive at Sarhind and two laid down their lives at Chamkaur Sahib. After writing Zafarnama, Guru Gobind Singh fought a successful battle at Muktsar and then moved towards Talwandi Sabo Ki. This Takhat was officially recognized as the fifth Takhat on Novemver 18, 1966. On demand from the Sikhs, a sub-committee was appointed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar by a General Meeting Resolution No: 789 on July 30, 1960. A report of the sub-committee containing 183 pages was received to declare Damdama Sahib, Guru Ki Kashi as the fifth Takhat of the Sikhs. Kashi means a holiest of shrines and a learning centre. A general body meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Amritsar approved the recommendations through resolution number 32 on November 18, 1966. It has been declared as fifth Takhat by the government of India in April 1999 during tercentennial celebrations of the advent of Khalsa.

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