Keshgarh Fort or Takth Keshgarh Sahib is in Anandpur Sahib district of Punjab.
Built by none other than Guru Gobind Singh himself, Keshgarh Sahib is one of the five defensive forts that were strategically constructed around the town in the late 1600s.
And let me tell you, these forts were no small feat to build. They were connected by earthworks and underground tunnels, making them an impenetrable force to be reckoned with.
But even the strongest of defenses can be breached. In the early 1700s, Keshgarh Sahib and the surrounding forts were under attack by a certain hill army. But, try as they might, they couldn’t seem to break through. That is, until December 6, 1705, when the army was finally successful in entering and destroying the fort.
But the real gem of Keshgarh Sahib is not the fort itself, but the history it holds. It was here, on the historic day of Baisakhi in 1699, that Guru Gobind Singh held a special convocation and initiated the first Khande Di Pahul, giving birth to the Khalsa.
As you explore the three-storeyed white marble structure, adorned with domes and gilded metal, you’ll come across a plethora of historical relics. From Guru Gobind Singh’s personal dagger, to a beautiful gun gifted to him by one of his Sikhs, these relics transport you back in time and give you a glimpse into the life of the great Guru.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the fort also houses a Langar Hall, where visitors can enjoy a free communal meal. Trust me, it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in Sikh history and culture.
So, pack your bags and join me on this journey to the birthplace of the Khalsa – Keshgarh Sahib! And don’t forget to bring your appetite, because the langar here is out of this world.