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Gurudwara Nada Sahib Haryana – Location, Timings, History, & More

Nada Sahib Gurudwara is a treasure house of inner peace and calmness. This two-storeyed dome-shaped structure in white is an extraordinary blessing in the lives of believers. People say that if one visits Gurudwara Nada Sahib on 5** full-moon nights and prays for a wish to fructify, it actually does. (It’s a big commitment and I’m ready to take it up, starting September 2023. Know more about this towards the end.)

Edit: 5 full-moon nights. My sincerest apologies! I had previously mentioned 12 but I confirmed the same with Mom and a handful of other people and they all said 5. It’s not so scary anymore. 🙂

Call it the placebo effect or robust belief system; Nada Sahib is where miracles happen. I have experienced my share of magic too. (You can read about my gorgeous experience at Nada Sahib here – I’ll share a link soon. Don’t forget to come back. :P) 

Nada Sahib Gurudwara Timings & Other Details 

Perched on the foothills of Shivalik, Nada Sahib Gurudwara location is on the left bank of the Ghaggar River in Panchkula, Haryana. It serves as the hallmark of compassion and service to humanity. Once tucked in seclusion, it is now surrounded by offices (IT Park Panchkula) and housing colonies.

AddressGurudwara 10th Paatshahi Nada Sahib, Panchkula, Haryana 134109
Timings4 A.M. to 9 P.M. (Till 10 P.M. during full moon nights)
DaysOpen all days
Location15 km from Chandigarh, on the way to Morni Hills. (On the left banks of River Ghaggar)
Entry FeeNone
Contact No.8725008018 (As given on the official Facebook Page)

Nada Sahib Haryana- Significance | Why I Love It

It is the place where the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, took a halt after the Battle of Bhangani in 1688. He did so while coming from Paonta Sahib and on the way to Anandpur Sahib. 

In this fast-paced world, we all crave places where we can slow down, dissect one moment from another, and feel the grains of time dropping by in slow motion. Nada Sahib and Garden of Silence are two places for me. While the latter holds a grander place in my life, the former is a charmer too. If you sit in peace inside the gurudwara, you’ll feel bubbles of divine energy sparkling within you. And it’s inexplicably beautiful! (Not saying that you can experience this only here, but this is one of the many places.)

Once you return, not only will you be able to understand the emphasis on positivity (depicted in this short story about life) but your steps will be bouncier – your heart happier – your smile wider – and your soul shinier! Something just touches you differently here – perhaps the fact that life is ephemeral. Whatever it is, I hope you get to experience all the right emotions – if not here, somewhere else. Amen. 🙂

Nada Sahib – History 

Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Bhim Chand of Bilaspur fought the Battle of Bhangani on 18 September 1688 at Bhangani, near Paonta Sahib. (Some sources say 1686 & I’m unsure if the battle continued for two long years or if there’s uncertainty surrounding the year.) 

After the successful settlement between them, Guru Gobind Singh Ji started his journey from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib. Between these two destinations, he stayed at numerous places like Toka Sahib, Rani Da Raipur, Nahan, Manak Tabra, and finally, NADA SAHIB. 

Insight Into The Settlement

The Bachittar Natak narrates that the battle resulted in Guruji’s victory. But because there’s no mention of the battle leading to any territorial annexations, some historians like H. Raturi, Anil Chandra Banerjee, and A. S. Rawat believe that there would’ve been some kind of settlement. Again, that is because Guru Gobind Singh Ji wasn’t after materialistic (territorial) gains. Moreover, saints hardly believe in petty victories. All they live for is to promote peace and love, which Guru Gobind Singh Ji magnificently did. 

Bachittar Natak is part of the Dasam Granth and is the name given to the third Bani in the second holy scriptures of the Sikhs that encapsulates a memoir of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. 

Story Behind the Gurudwara’s Name

On their way to Anandpur Sahib after the battle, Guru Ji asked his army and followers to stop and rest at Nada Sahib. This place was in complete wilderness at that time. However, a few families of the Lubana cast were living here. Coincidentally, one of them, named Bhai Nadu Shah Lubana, was Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s follower. He welcomed everyone wholeheartedly, offering them meals and milk as a token of kindness. 

Witnessing the purity of Nadu Shah’s heart and excellent hospitality, Guruji blessed and named the place after him. That’s how Nada Sahib got its name. Guru Gobind Singh ji also prophesied that anybody who comes here with a good heart would have their wishes fulfilled. 

The place, however, was under wraps until Bhai Motha Singh (a nearby villager) discovered this spot and built a shrine to commemorate the Guru’s visit. Today, a 105 feet holy flag (Nishan Sahib) marks the site of the original shrine. 

Date of Establishment of the Manji Sahib at Nada Sahib

Nothing is known either about Motha Singh or the establishment of the Manji Sahib at Nada Sahib. What sources do say is that the Shrine was under the Dharmath Board of PEPSU (Patiala & East Punjab States Union) in 1948. However, after the merger of the state with Punjab, the charge was taken over by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee in 1956. 

Nada Sahib – Architecture 

  • Double-storeyed domed structure with a rectangular hall for sangat where devotees gather and sing hymns (shabads) in unison. 
  • Large hall at the entry where Nishan Sahib – the 105 feet holy flag stands tall on one side and tea (along with kada parshad servings – it’s YUM) is on the other. 
  • Guru Ka Langar Hall
  • Rooms for pilgrims (Back Area)
  • Community Hall (Outer Area near the shoe house)
  • Shoe House (Outer Area)
  • Parking (Outer Area)

Best Time To Visit Nada Sahib | Festivals & Celebrations 

  • On Sundays and Purnamashi(s) i.e. full-moon nights as the place is all dolled up with lights.  
  • During festivals. Caution: The queues are long and will take you an hour or two before you can pay your respects. 

How To Reach Nada Sahib

Gurudwara Nada Sahib is well-connected to the Tricity (Panchkula, Chandigarh, Mohali) via road. Some of the options are inDriver (Ola and Uber are almost dead here), government buses, local buses, and autos. All major local buses make a stop right in the outer complex (Parking area) of the Nada Sahib. If you’re coming from a different state, it hardly takes 10 mins (5 km) from the Panchkula Railway Station to reach here and some 40 mins from the Chandigarh Airport. 

Nada Sahib Road Distance from Other Nearby Places 

Place Distance (By Road)Time (By Road)
Gurudwara Shri Koohni Sahib5.9 km14 min
Mansa Devi Gaushala Gaudham7.3 km18 min
Mata Mansa Devi7.2 km18 min
Garden of Silence10.9 km25 min
Rock Garden13 km33 min
Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore 13.4 km via NH526 min
Sukhna Lake13.6 km36 min
Morni Hills42 km via NH71 hr 10 min

Points To Keep In Mind While Visiting Nada Sahib

  • You’ll be able to witness the charm of this place in full if you visit it on a full-moon night (Poornima) – stalls, sky lanterns, and special langar. 
  • Do try the Guru ka Langar which is organised on a daily basis. Chai is also offered (in bowls). 
  • Covering the head is mandatory. STRICTLY do that.

If you don’t, somebody or the other will point you out and it’s, sadly, not in a kind tone. I wish the people pointing out were a little polite. Sometimes, the dupatta genuinely slips/slides from the head down to the shoulder.

  • If you forget to carry a stole/dupatta, there’s a box filled with head coverings that you can borrow (free of cost).
  • No footwear is allowed inside the Gurudwara premises. Leave them out. There’s a special room where you can leave your shoes with the sevadars (helpers) if theft concerns you. You’ll receive a token in return which you’ll have to show to collect your footwear/helmet.
  • During langar, accept the rotis they offer with both hands cupped.
  • Anybody can volunteer to take up the seva of making rotis, washing utensils, distributing meals, etc. There’s absolutely no need for registrations or formalities. All you have to do is go to the community langar hall and get going. 
  • There’s a series of small shops just outside the Gurudwara where you can get souvenirs for your family & friends. Kada, toys, neckpieces, and fuliyon ka prasad are some famous things that people buy.
  • These shops also offer things that you can take as offerings in the gurudwara (flour, sugar, jaggery, etc.)
  • You can recite the hukamnama of the day written on the board (at the entry). It is usually written in Punjabi.

Nada Sahib Gurudwara Room Booking 

-Room For A Day or Two

Gurudwaras all across the nation are known for generosity. Foreigners taking solo trips in India are often quoted saying that a turbaned man helped them with directions and that they sought shelter in a gurudwara. Nada Sahib also offers rooms to people in need like visitors from other states who come here to pay their respects. 

Nada Sahib Gurudwara room bookings cost somewhere around INR 200 to 500 for a night. However, please note that the officials in the gurudwara don’t offer restrooms to women alone. There has to be a male member accompanying her/them to stay here. 

Since Gurudwara Nada Sahib and the office I work in share the same wall (almost), I enquired about this and was, quite literally, taken aback. Why are women not offered the rooms? Does this happen in every gurudwara? I’ll take this up sometime later, but really, why? 

-Room For Months At A Stretch 

The rooms in Gurudwara Nada Sahib are available on a monthly rent basis as well. This small colony is in the back area of the gurudwara. After completing the requisite formalities, one can rent a room for 15k a month.

Nada Sahib Gurudwara – 5 Full-Moon Visit Commitment

Those who faithfully pay Gurudwara Nada Sahib 5 consecutive visits during the auspicious full-moon nights have their wishes fulfilled. I have heard this quite a lot. But now, I am going to give this a try so I can share the same as a factual point. Given below is the full-moon schedule. I’ll be posting a picture every time I’m at Nada Sahib (full-moon night) to document this all.

This is not a challenge. I am fully aware how, if one wishes from the heart, it anyway gets fulfilled no matter where the prayer is done. I’ll be at the Gurudwara to embrace the positivity and the goodness of the place. 🙂 Besides, this blog will give people HOPE (if my wish actually gets fulfilled). And hope is all we have. And hope is all I want to share/distribute/gift…I want to fill hope in party poppers and pop it whenever one feels a little low…I want to. Because Hope is all we have. Hope is all we’ll EVER have.

Full-Moon Schedule To Visit Nada Sahib Gurudwara

  1. 29 September 2023, Friday
  2. 28 October 2023, Saturday
  3. 27 November 2023, Monday
  4. 26 December 2023, Tuesday
  5. 25 January 2024, Friday
  6. 24 February 2024, Saturday
  7. 25 March 2024, Monday
  8. 23 April 2024, Tuesday
  9. 23 May 2024, Friday
  10. 21 June 2024, Friday
  11. 21 July 2024, Sunday
  12. 19 August 2024, Monday

29 September 2023, Friday

Nada Sahib Full-Moon Visit 1

This day was when I and my 2 office mates (Renu Rathore and Renu Dahiya) had to leave for Jaipur. It was a long weekend since 2nd October 2023 (Monday) was a holiday. We visited Nahargarh Fort, Brahma Temple, Amber Fort, and so many other places. It was an absolute dreamy trip.

28 October 2023, Saturday

Missed. 🙁 Need to start the full-moon ritual again. Wishing myself luck.

27 November 2023, Monday | Guru Nanak Jayanti

My office (that almost touches walls with Nada Sahib) organised a visit to Nada Sahib where we collectively did sewa on 24th Nov 2023. On 27th Nov, however, my health didn’t allow me to visit Nada Sahib. Sad scenes. :'( But I’ll make it happen. 🙂

A group of people getting clicked against the backdrop of Nada Sahib.

What’s More | Latest News

Tourism of India has sanctioned INR 49.5 Cr for the development of Gurudwara Nada Sahib and Mansa Devi Temple under PRASAD “Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive”. This was done on 19 December 2021, as per the article posted in Tribune. The estimated cost of renovating the Gurudwara is around INR 2,501 lakhs. 

“At Nada Sahib, the amount will be invested in surface parking, façade illumination, a toilet block, rainwater harvesting, boundary wall, sewage treatment plant, multi-level car parking, RCC bridge, retaining wall and integrated area development, which includes pathways, structural and tensile roofing, provision for benches, dustbins, signages, solar photo voltaic power generation system and drinking water coolers.”

That’s all for now! I’ll keep updating this space with the latest information so keep returning, please. 

If you’ve visited this divine place before, I’d love to know the one thing you like/liked the most. Do share in the comments so we can chit-chat a little about it. 

And if you haven’t paid Gurudwara Nada Sahib in Haryana a visit yet, please do! And when you do, I hope peace hugs you tight. 🙂

If you’re a spiritual person, I have Satinder Sartaaj’s Sai Ve Sadi Fariyad Lyrics & English Translation done with the utmost love and affection. And if you’re a fashionable person, I have a blog on modern dresses for sister’s wedding for inspiration. My main motive is to help people out through words since writing is what makes me, ME.

May you have the best darshan at Nada Sahib Gurudwara and also from within. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Gurudwara Nada Sahib Haryana – Location, Timings, History, & More”

    1. It’s a pleasure, truly! Super happy to hear that the Nada Sahib blog served its purpose. If there’s anything specific you’d like to know more about or if you have any other topics in mind, feel free to share. I’d love to help. Wishing you peace and happiness in abundance. 🙂

      1. Dear Madam,

        I am delighted to read about Nada Sahib Gurdwara. I am 93 years old from SBS Nagar punjab living in the UK. I wish to visit Gurdwara by renting a room on monthly bases. May I know if assistants are available for monthly hire?


        Hari Singh Thandi
        Mob: +44 7448872612

        1. Hello Hari ji,

          It’s a pleasure to have met you virtually via this platform. 🙂 While there are no assistants I know of, you can directly come pay a visit to the Gurudwara and stay at “Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Niwas”. They don’t ask anything in return but you can pay anything you wish like as part of donation. After staying at the place for a few days, you can ask them if they can rent you a room there. That’s how it goes here.

          Hope this helps. 🙂 And may you be blessed with beautiful, bright days ahead.

          Warm Regards,
          Heena Ganotra

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