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Gurdwara Shri Dukh Niwaran Sahib

Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib is located in the small village of Lehal which is now a part of Patiala City. According to Local tradition, One Bhag Ram, a villager of the jhivar caste from Lehal village, went to the nearby town of Saifabad (now Bahadurgarh) to meet the visiting Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur. The reason behind it was, on those days people of Lehal village was in a deep trouble with sickness which had been plaguing the village from a long time. Bhag ram visited to Guru Teg Bahadur ji and requested them to visit and bless Lehal Village so that its inhabitants could get rid of a mysterious sickness.Shortly thereafter, The Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, visited Lehal on 24 January 1672 often sat meditating and preaching under a banyan tree by the side of the village pond. By the Grace & Ashirwad of Guru Ji, The sickness in the village vanished.The place where the Guru sat came to be known as Dukh Nivaran, meaning the eradicator of suffering. Devotees have great faith in the healing qualities of the water in the Sarovar (Sacred Tank) attached to the Shrine.

History

Raja Amar Singh of Patiala (1748-82) had a garden laid out on the site as a memorial which he entrusted to Nihang Sikhs. Records of a court case in 1870 mention a Guru's garden and a Nihangs' well being in existence here. In 1920, during a survey for the proposed construction of Sirhind-Patiala-Jakhal railway line, it appeared that the banyan tree under which had sat Guru Tegh Bahadur would have to be removed. But men charged with felling it refused to touch it.Gurdwara Shri Dukh Niwaran Sahib Patiala is now maintained by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, a mini-parliament of the Sikhs based in Amritsar in Punjab.

Importance

Devotees taking holy dip in the sarovar of Dukh Nivaran Sahib.

The Basant season, popularly known as Spring in various parts of the world, has great importance in gurbani. On Basant Panchmi, People in large congregations visit the Gurdwara to pay obeisance to Guru Teg bahadur Ji and take a dip in holy sarovar in the premisis. It is believed that the person who takes a dip in the Sarovar (Sacred Tank) on auspicious day of Basant Panchmi is relieved of all his ailments. Ever since, each year people from nearby as well as far flung areas come to visit this place. On this occasion the gurdwara is decorated beautfully with lights. Long queues of devotees starting from the main gate till the Darbar Hall can be seen here who, after the darshan, move toward the ‘sarovar' or the pond to take dip in it Tradition says that the water has healing powers. According to the HukamNama, any person who takes a dip in the pond with full devotion on the day of Basant Panchmi, will get rid of all his ailments.

Guru Ka Langar

On the left of the Shrine is a massive hall Called Guru Ka Langar (Guru's community Kitchen) where visitor of all castes and religion can enjoy free meal.  Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee runs a free meal for the pilgrims for whole day and night. Visitors sits in line on carpets and eats their meals. Men with buckets comes with different kinds of food and serves in plates of each visitor. Once you had your meal, some of the visitors collects the used utensils and wash them for reuse for the others. Sikh people dont feel shy while performing Seva. In Sikhism, Seva refers to selfless service for altruistic purposes on behalf of, and for the betterment of a Community. Seva is a means to promote humility and demote egoism which is a basic concept of the Sikh religion and is one of three fundamental principles of Sikhism. A person who performs these kind of tasks is known as Sevadar.