GURU NANAK DEV JI KANDH SAHIB GURDWARA BATALA: In the Sikh faith, the name Gurudwara Kandh Sahib comes from the word Kachchi, which means “mud wall,” which was in this place at the time of Guru Nanak’s marriage, according to local legend. It is reported that when the wedding party approached and halted a little way short of Bhai Mul Chand’s residence, waiting for the ceremonial reception by the host, the incident occurred.
Guru Nanak took a seat at the back of the room. An elderly neighbour, pointing to the deteriorated condition of the wall, advised him to relocate away from the area in fear that the collapsing wall might collapse on him. Guru Nanak reassured her that there was no need to be concerned since the wall will remain intact for an extended period of time.
The wall, which had been sanctified by the Guru, became a place of pilgrimage for the devotees, who also built a memorial platform nearby to commemorate him. The original wall has been replaced with a symbolic mud wall, which is nicely plastered and measures roughly 3 x 5 x 1.5 feet and is protected in glass adjacent to the Guru Granth Sahib on the ground level.
Shrine of the Founders
The shrine was originally housed in a private residence, where it was maintained by a succession of resident priests until it was purchased by the Seva Committee Gurdwara Kandh Sahib in the 1950s. On the 17th of December, 1956, the foundation for the current structure was laid. It is housed in a marble-paved courtyard approximately 2 metres above street level and consists of a 10-metre square hall with a square sanctuary in the centre, which is about 2 metres above street level. The chamber on the second floor is utilised for continuous readings of the Guru Granth Sahib, which takes place every day.
Immediately above it and above the main altar, there is an open space under a dome covered with white glazed tiles, which is embellished with a towering goldplated pinnacle and an umbrella-shaped finial. The upper chamber is embellished with arched copings, and ornamental pinnacled domes surround the central dome, with square domed kiosks at the corners completing the design.
As one enters the building, one will see wall murals representing episodes from Guru Nanak’s life on the verandah to the left. Guru ka Langar is located across the street, just in front of the main door. The Gurdwara is run by the Seva Committee Gurdwara Kandh Sahib, which is comprised of volunteers. Full moon days are marked by large gatherings, which take place on a daily basis.
All major anniversaries on the Sikh calendar are commemorated, but the most important function of the year is the fair held to commemorate the marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak, which takes place on the seventh day of the light half of the lunar month of Bhadon on the seventh day of the lunar month of Bhadon (August-September),