Nanded
A Sacred Land

Nanded

Nanded, in Maharashtra, is that the perfect example of spiritual and philosophical antiquity blending seamlessly with the progressive present. One feels the grace of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, running through the very fabric of the town because it welcomes the ocean of believers who flow into the town to experience it. it’s no wonder that Guru Gobind Singh should have chosen this historic place for his last congregation, standing by the banks of River Godavari.

 

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Nanded is dotted with gurudwaras that invite devotees to experience the serene repose that the Sikh Guru himself felt. it’s said that it had been here that he passed on the guru-ship to Guru Adi Granth in 1708, just before his death. Guru Gobind Singh is believed to possess arrived in Nanded with Bahadur Shah in August 1708 and while the latter proceeded to Golconda, Guru Gobind Singh decided to remain on. consistent with legend, Guru Gobind Singh was travelling within the company of Bahadur Shah to convince him to distribute justice for the murder of variety of Sikhs, including his sons, but the Shah refused to relent and therefore the two parted ways.

Nanded also houses various Sufi shrines and, historically, the banks of the sacred Godavari river are the location of the many Vedic rituals. a number of the important ghats include the Urvashi Ghat, Ram Ghat and therefore the Govardhan Ghat. Other attractions include the once grand Kshetrapala statue, which is believed to possess been taller than 50 ft.

Presently, Nanded is that the eighth-largest urban agglomeration in Maharashtra. Locally, however, the encompassing region is understood as Marathawad and Nanded is that the second-largest city within the Marathwada region after Aurangabad. Today, Nanded attracts many young scholars to the renowned Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University at Vishnupuri.

Through the centuries, Nanded has stood as a silent witness to the glory of varied dynasties within the region just like the Satvahanas, the Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Kakatiyas, the Yadavas, the Bahamanis, the Adilshahis and eventually the Mughals. The Nandas have ruled over the region through generations.

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How to get there

By Air

The nearest airstrip to Nanded is in Aurangabad, about 253 km.

By Road

Nanded is accessibly by good motorable roads from most places in Maharashtra. Nanded is 650 km east of Mumbai by road and 250 km from Hyderabad. It is a ride of about 4-5 hours from Aurangabad and 11 hours from Pune. Several passenger bus services operate out of Nanded connecting most major cities through overnight journeys.

Rail

Nanded is connected with most of the cities in the country through the Nanded railway station. Sachkhand express is a special super fast train running directly from Amritsar to Nanded.

Attractions in Nanded

Anudha Nagnath

A jyotirlinga (devotional shrines of Lord Shiva), Anudha Nagnath is vital because it’s considered to be the eighth or adhyalinga installed by the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata. This temple is believed to possess been built during the 13th century within the time of the Yadava dynasty. Local mythology also suggests that the first temple was a grand seven-storey structure that was demolished. The sanctum sanctorum is now located under the bottom level and devotees need to go down two stone steps to be ready to get a darshana (view) of the idol. Saint Namdev is additionally believed to possess visited this temple and therefore the locals share this story quite enthusiastically. Devotees of Lord Shiva frequent this temple also .

It is inbuilt the Hemadpanti sort of architecture and boasts several intricate rock-cut carvings. Its mythological name is Darukavan. albeit one isn’t religiously inclined, the temple is worth a visit due to its intricate architecture.

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Nanded Fort

An imposing monument within the area, Nanded Fort stands majestically, overlooking the Godavari river. From the highest , you’ll see the panorama – lush green fields stretching as far because the eye can see, outlined by the glittering waters of Godavari. it’s indeed a sight for sore eyes. The fort is made on a hill and it’s believed that this was finished strategic purposes. it had been used as a lookout post from where one kept an eye fixed out for possible enemy invasions. The military advantage of the fort are often guessed by the niches made for the utilization of archers. The fort’s structure is formed with stone and wood. The premises boast an outsized courtyard that’s connected with other parts of the fort with several archways, which are designed within the signature sort of the region. Interestingly, one can see Buddhist influences within the architecture. The fort also contains variety of stine rooms, which must are used for storing arms also as ration. there’s also an outsized cistern with steps resulting in its base.

The construction of the fort is accredited to the Nanda dynasty, which built it within the 6th century. The fort lies in ruins today due to the repeated conquests of the Mughals over Marathawada, and offers you an opportunity to let your imagination run wild and wonder how the good fortress was once stormed by the Mughal army. There are tons of affordable boarding options nearby and therefore the locals are quite willing to hail you with anecdotes, which make a visit to the present monument unforgettable.

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Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib

This gurudwara was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the leader of the Sikh empire, at the place where the last guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh ji breathed his last. consistent with a spiritual belief, this is often where the guru-ship was passed on from Guru Gobind Singh to the Guru Adi Granth . Guru Gobind Singh ji realised that men, whilst great as him, are perishable, but ideas, which the Guru Adi Granth represents, are not. While conferring the guru-ship on the holy book, Guru Gobind Singh ji called Nanded the Abchalnagar, or the steadfast city. The name ‘Sachkhand’ literally means the region of truth.

This was meant to denote the abode of god. consistent with Sikhism, there are five takhts or seats of power. This gurudwara, also referred to as Takht Sahib, is that the holiest among them. it’s situated near the Godavari river. Laid call at majestic white marble, the dome of the most shrine is capped in gold. The complex houses two more shrines – the Bunga Mai Bhago Ji, which houses the Guru Adi Granth , and therefore the other is of Angitha Bhai Daya Singh and Dharam Singh, two of the Panj Pyare (five beloved ones). The complex has two storeys and therefore the decoration is analogous to Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The inner room is named the Angitha Saheb. Its walls are covered with golden plates. Relics of Guru Gobind Singh preserved here include a golden dagger, a matchlock gun, a studded steel shield and five golden swords. The sanctum is decorated with marble that’s inlaid with floral patterns. The walls and therefore the ceiling are decorated with stucco and tukari work. During the day, the Guru Adi Granth is brought out and placed during a room ahead of the sanctum. At nights, it’s placed back within the sanctum.

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