TAKHATS OF KHALSA
Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib
Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib is the birthplace of the
Khalsa. Amid the Shivalik hills, it is situated on the bank of the
Satluj. The beat on the Ranjit Nagara has been striking a terror in
the minds of the tyrants. For the common man its resonance came to
be a divine melody, his guardian angel. He bowed in obeisance to it.
It is the place that commemorates the miracle of 'celebrating the
scum of humanity' and a wonder of the divine and transcendent guru-disciple
matrix. After purchasing land of Makhowal, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib
designated it as Chak Nanki. Later, it came to be popularized as Anandpur
When Bhai Jaita presented himself to the Great Guru
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji with reverential, decapitated head of Sri
Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the former burst out spontaneously: 'This
is the ground for founding the Panth....' It is the place where Five
Piyaras offered their heads to the Guru Playfully. The divine nectar
(Amrit) was prepared in a broad metallic vessel, with a mini but broad
rapier and the Piyaras were baptised by the Great Guru.
The Khalsa is my form
I live within the Khalsa...
The Khalsa is my Satguru
It was this place that is the starting point of India's
decisive struggle for independence in his family. The struggle continued
until the saffron-coloured flag was hoisted on the Royal Fort at Lahore.
So much is the Khalsa attached to this hallowed place that the Sikh
feels elated to be called a dweller of ANANDPURI.