Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib-Bidar Legend has it that Guru Nanak halted at Bidar at a time when the area was reeling under a severe drought. The Muslim saints requested him to invoke the blessings of the divine in order to obtain water. The crystal clear stream that still flows out of a rock near the Gurudwara is believed to be God's answer to the Guru's prayers. This place came to be known as Nanak Jhira (Jhira means 'a spring of water,') and is said to possess medicinal properties. Every year, thousands of Sikhs from across the country visit the Nanak Jhira Gurudwara.
During his second 'Udasi' (missionary tour) of the South India, Guru Nanak aftersojourning through Nagpur and Khandwa visited the ancient Hindu Temple of Om Kareswar on the Narbada and reached Nanded, where 200 years later Guru Gobind Singh spent his last days. From Nanded he proceeded towards Hyderabad and Golkonda where he met Muslim saints and then came to Bidar to meet Pir Jalaluddin and Yakoob Ali.
The Guru accompanied by his disciple Mardana stayed in the outskirts of the Bidar town where 'Nanak Jhira' Gurdwara is now located. In the nearby were huts of Muslim fakirs, who took keen interest in the sermons and teachings of the great Guru. The news soon spread throughout Bidar and its surrounding areas about the holy Saint of the North and large number of people started coming to him to have his "Darshan" and seek his blessings.. There used to be acute shortage of drinking water in Bidar. All efforts of the people to dig wells were of no avail. Even where the wells were dug the water was found to be unfit for drinking.
The Guru was greatly moved by the miserable condition of the people. With divine name on his lips and the mercy in his heart he touched the hillside with his toe and removed some rubble from the place. To the utter surprise of all, fountain of sweet, cool water gushed out of the hillside. The place soon came to be known as 'Nanak-Jhira'.
A beautiful Gurdwara has now been constructed by the side of the fountain. The water of the fountain is collected in a small 'Amrit-Khud' built in white marble. There is a free kitchen (guru ka langar) where free food is given to pilgrims all the 24 hours. A Sikh museum has been built in the memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, depicting the important events of Sikh history through pictures and paintings. The birthday of Guru Nanak and the Hola Mohalla festival attract large numberof devotees from all over India.
It may be recalled that Bhai Sahib Singh one of the Panj Piaras (five beloved of Guru Gobind Singh) hailed from Bidar.
||720 km North West of Bangalore
Gulbarga - 120km, Hyderabad - 136km.
||From Bangalore many Govt Luxury Buses of KSRTC ply daily via Hyderbad, Its 16 hours journey from Bangalore via Hyderabad on NH 7 and NH 9. From Bangalore Via Gulbarga and Bellary its 20 hours journey. From Hyderbad Imaliban bus stand for every 15 minutes a Bus to Bidar is available from Plat form No 36.
||Rail facility is available from Bangalore and Hyderbad. Bangalore - Nanded Link Express Via Bidar, Departure from Bangalore at 9.50 PM. Secundrabad - Manmad Express from Hyderbad Departure at 6 PM from Secundrabad Station, Hyderbad. Hyderbad - Aurangabad Express from Kachiguda weekly thrice. One can also take Udyan express or KK Express from Bangalore reach Gulbarga and take a bus from there, its 105 KMS from Gulbarga.
||Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal, Begumpet, Hyderabad is Just 120 Kms away from Bidar District Head Quarters. Its just 2 and half hours drive from the airport to Bidar on NH9 till Zaheerabad and a diversion of 28 KMs after Zaheerabad.
||Its 16 hours journey from Bangalore via Hyderabad on NH 7 and NH 9. From Bangalore Via Gulbarga and Bellary its 20 hours journey. From Hyderbad Imaliban bus stand for every 15 minutes a Bus to Bidar is available from Plat form No 36.
|When to go:-
||Any time of the year except summer.
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|Where to stay :-
Hotel Kailash Mahipal Singh Pawar Complex, Near Old Bus Stand, Bidar - 585 401 Tel: 08482-227854, 227727 Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 450/-
Hotel Kaveri Gandhigunj Road, Near Nandi Petrol Bunk, Jabshetty Market, Bidar - 585 401 Tel: 08482-223931 Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 450/-
Hotel Ashoka Near Deepak Film Talkies, Opposite Sales Tax Office, Bidar - 585 401 Tel: 08482-223931, 227621 Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 450/-
Hotel Mayura Opposite new KSRTC bus stand, Bidar - 585 401 Tel: 08482-228142
Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 450/-
New Sri Venkateshwara Lodge Near Ambedkar Circle, Station Road, Bidar - 585 401 Tel: 08482-226443 Tariff Range: Rs. 50/- to Rs. 400/-
Hotel Prince Udgir Road, Bidar - 585 401 Tel: 08482-225747 Tariff Range: Rs. 170/- to Rs. 220/-.