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Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha Pushkar

Location - Pushkar, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - None

Sarai - unknown

Pushkar was visited by Guru Nanak Sahib Ji in 1509 and Guru Gobind Singh in 1706. The place commemorating the former Guru's visit was formerly called Guru Nanak Dharmasala but is now known as Gurdwara Singh Sabha and functions as a branch of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Ajmer. It is housed in a double-storey flat-roofed building near the bus stand.

Guru Gobind Singh visited Pushkar during his travels in Rajputana (Giani Braham Singh Ajmer Tirath Raj Pushkar and The Sikh Gurus, Spokesman Weekly, Guru Nanak Number 1981) in 1706 and stayed for a week. He was served by a priest named Chetan Das.

The spot consecrated by the Guru's stay was called Gobind Ghat, but has now been renamed Gandhi Ghat.

A stone slab under a kiosk still has Gobind Ghat inscribed on it, in Gurumukhi, Devanagari, Persian and Roman scripts. Formerly a Gurdwara manned by Nirmala Sikhs was at this location, on the first floor of the gateway to the Ghat, but it is no longer extant.

A Brahman priest at this Ghat, having full grown hair and donning a turban, has in his possession a hukamnama written on bhoj patra (leaf or bark of birch tree) claimed to have been given by Guru Gobind Singh to Mahant Chetan Das.

Another hukamnama is in the name of five Gurdwaras at Amritsar including Sri Akal Takht Sahib. The priest also keeps an old hand-written copy of the Guru Granth Sahib.

A small gurdwara building was constructed at Pushkar in the beginning of 19th Century to commemorate the visits of both Guru Nanak Sahib Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This was been demolished for its renovation and reconstruction and a vast unique Gurdwara building of white marble has been put up.

The gurdwara is spread over 10 Bighas of land in its place. Through the large scale kar sewa of veteran Kar Sewak Baba Lakha Singh the present monument was built. Baba's head quarters tagged with scores of charitable units from schools to hospitals and inns running langar in Kota city of Rajasthan.

The Gurdwara at Pushkar was been formally inaugurated on 23rd October 2005 albeit the Kar Sewa was ongoing and regular langar – prasad is also distributed daily.

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