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Talwandi_Sabo (176K)

Miles to go before I sleep!

The Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh Ji, after sacrificing his four Sahibzadas (young sons) for the Khalsa Panth and blessing the 40 Mukte ('liberated ones') at Muktsar, reached Talwandi Sabo and untied his Kamarkassa(the waist-band) and hence the name Damdama (breathing or resting place). It was here that Guru Gobind Singh Ji on refusal to handover the text of Granth Sahib by Dhir Mal; recited from memory the entire text of Granth Sahib with his own 'lotus lips', which, Bhai Mani Singh penned down in nine months. The hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadar were also incorporated at appropriate places in the Holy Scripture.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji also set about teaching Gurmukhi to the Sikhs, Santhya (correct pronunciation) and revelation of Gurbani to the general masses. One day, as per divine order, he began sharpening reeds, throwing these into the Sarovar(water-tank) and declared, "This is the Guru-Kanshi, which will emerge in future as a great center of divine learning. Here thick-witted will be transformed into scholars. The divine message of universal peace and brotherhood taught by the Gurus will spread across the world."

At Talwandi Sabo, the ever-knowing Tenth Master had blessed this region in an interaction with Bhai Dalla;

1. That the place will have canals flowing although at that time it was a sandy desert area.
2. It will have lots of farms of mangoes, grapes, pomegranates and oranges, although it was full of wild shrubs.
3. It will have fields full of wheat crops, although wild bushes and grass were visible all around at that time.

Such was the Master's conviction that he proclaimed that Gursikhs in future will see it for themselves, the realization of these blessings of canals, fruits and wheat crops.

Saadh Sangat Ji, as per divine order, three out of the four blessings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji have been realized.

Rivers and canals are flowing now. Fields are yielding huge wheat crops. The region is full of farms of mangoes, grapes, pomegranates and oranges.

The Kalgidhar Society, Baru Sahib, after having successfully setup 111 Schools (Akal Academies) and Eternal University (that runs 24 streams); has endeavored to muster whole-hearted support and over-whelming response from the Saadh Sangat to realize the 4th blessing of 'Guru Kanshi, Talwandi Sabo', as a humble homage to the Tenth Master by setting up Akal University.

Land for Guru Kanshi Akal University has been donated and the Government's approval for setting up the University has been obtained. To fulfil the tenth Guru's prophecy, The Kalgidhar Society has endeavored to establish an International Center for Comparative Religious Studies as a part of Guru Kanshi Akal University with special emphasis on the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib and establishing centers to translate Guru Granth Sahib in original ragas in different languages of the world.

sant (70K)Besides, Guru Kanshi Akal University, Talwandi Sabo, will develop collaborative academic programs with domestic and foreign universities for novel technologies and co-operative programs with local, national and international industries and develop program to train manpower to fulfill the needs of the whole of India in general and Punjab in particular.

When Sadh Sangat blessed Sant Attar Singh ji with the Kar Sewa of Gurdwara Damdama Sahib and its sarovar, he beseeched all to do this sewa with body, mind and wealth.

In 1927 (which was the last year of Sant ji's lifetime) Sant ji went house to house in Shimla and pleaded with everybody for the Sewa of Damdama Sahib saying "Brothers and sisters, you will never ever come across such a beggar".

Some rich and royal persons intervened saying "Maharaj, it does not befit you to go begging house to house. Kindly order us and we would do this Sewa". Sant ji was visibly agitated and said "Bhai, you are proud of your wealth. This is not acceptable to our Guru Sahib". Then he proclaimed "such is the might of Guru Ghar, that Shimla to Damdama Sahib could see rivers of Gold and Silver. I am just offering an opportunity to these Guru lovers, to contribute to this Sewa with their hard earned money to connect with Akal Purakh for divine blessings and thereby earning the divine pleasure of Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj".

BabaIqbalSingh (40K) I personally look upon this as my duty to deliver this project for the benefit of mankind. Since this a massive project that would cost around 500 crore rupees, I would require and plead for the support of one and all. Let us all join hands and contribute generously by performing Sewa whole-heartedly, physically as well as financially, to earn the blessings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Iqbal Singh (Baba)


Foundation Stone of Akal University : Sukhbir Badal

Baba Iqbal Singh Ji's Vision for Guru Kanshi Akal University Damdama Sahib


Guru Ki Kanshi

Before leaving to visit Sikh Sangats in the Deccan, Guruji blessed Talwandi Sabo, as Guru Ki Kanshi. Now known better as Damdama Sahib after the Gurdwara became one of the four temporal Takhats of the Sikh religion. Another great Shaheed (Martyr) of Sikhi, Baba Deep Singh ji was installed as the first Jathedar (head) of this temporal seat. He penned additional copies of the Adi Sri Granth Sahib ji and sent them to the other four temporal seats.

This title was given because of the intense literary activities that Guru Gobind Singh engaged in during his stay here (the compilation of Sikh scriptures). It is said that one day Guru Gobind flung a handful of reed pens over the heads of the congregation ('Sangat'), saying: "Here we will create a pool of literature. No one of my Sikhs should remain illiterate." The Damdama Wali Bir as the Guru Granth Sahib is sometimes called was completed here, being dictated by the Guru to one of his disciples Bhai Mani Singh. It was at this time when the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the ninth Guru and father of Guru Gobind Singh were added to the Bir. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takht_Sri_Damdama_Sahib

Talwandi Sabo (pictured above) is a religious place located at a distance of 25 KM from Bathinda in the cotton belt of Punjab. Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji the Tenth Guru of Sikhs visited this town in 1999 and stayed here for about a year. He blessed this town as ‘Guru Ki Kash’ a place of knowledge and learning. True to his words, this place has know become a big educational centre. The magnificent Gurudwara Sahib, known as “Takhat Damdama Sahib” is one of the five temporal seats of Sikh Religion. The town is surrounded by many big industries like, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Bathinda, Guru Gobind Singh Oil Refinary, Talwandi Sabo. Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant National Fertilizer Ltd. Bathinda, Talwandi Power corporation Thermal Plant, and a large number of small and medium size Food Processing, Chemical, Cotton Ginning and spinning mills.


Akal University at Talwandi Sabo, proposes to establish following Centers of Excellence:
  • International Center for Guru Granth Sahib studies & Comparative Religious Studies
  • Center for healthcare & Medical Research
  • Center for Science & Technology
  • Center for Women Empowerment
  • International Center in Emerging Technologies & Entrepreneurship
  • International Center for Divine Music & Spiritualism
Furthermore the following institutions will be established:
  • Akal College of Engg. and Emerging Technologies
  • Akal College of Health Sciences
  • Akal College of Arts and Science
  • Akal College of rural Teacher Training
  • Akal College of Wellness and Public Health
  • Akal College of Naturopathy and Alternative Medicine
  • Akal College of Business Administration
  • Akal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Akal College of Medical Sciences
  • Akal Polytechnics for the Training of Youth of Punjab
  • Akal College of Post-Graduate Studies
  • Akal School of Economics and Commerce
  • Akal School of Medicinal Chemistry and Herbal Medicines
  • Akal School of Nano-Technology
  • Akal School of Architecture and Design
  • Akal School of Law
  • Akal School of International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Akal School of Environmental Sciences
  • Akal School of Renewal Energy
  • Akal School of languages and communication skills
  • Akal School of Nutrition and Food Technology


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