Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib is in Amritsar. This holy shrine is located just 8 kms away from the city and can be easily reached by a direct bus or a local taxi.
If you happen to visit during Basant Panchami in the month of Magh, you’re in for a treat! This festival attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the country and is considered the most significant fair at this historic site. And why not? Kite-flying is a major attraction of this festival, and there are many competitions held for the same. You’ll also spot many men sporting the yellow turban during the festival, so don’t be shy to join in on the festivities!
But the fun doesn’t stop there! The local Gurudwara management organizes free medical services during this occasion. So, in case you eat too much and fall sick, you’re in safe hands.
Now, let’s talk about the history of this fascinating place. The Gurudwara was named after a massive well dug by Guru Arjan Dev to mark the birth of his son and successor Guru Hargobind. But the well wasn’t just a symbolic gesture, it was practical too! Due to the abundance of water, six Persian wheels were installed around the well to draw water at a faster pace, thus giving the name Chehharta. And although the well is now covered up, the water used to be pumped into the main tank of the Gurudwara.
Believe it or not, the well is believed to have curative properties, so be sure to take a sip or two. You can even see the well-preserved Persian Wheels that are thought to have healing abilities. And if you’re feeling peckish, don’t forget to visit the all-day langar where visitors can enjoy a meal as they explore this fascinating site.
So what are you waiting for? Go pack your bags, get ready to fly some kites, sip some magical water, and enjoy a meal fit for a king at Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib!