Nanded city is situated in the Maharashtra state of India, 24 hours by train from Bangalore. The holy city of Nanded is located on the river Godavari, the second largest river in India after Ganga.
Nanded is a major place for Sikh pilgrimage because 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobin Singh ji made it his permanent abode. Nanded's name originates from the word Nandi, the vaahan (carriage)of Lord Shiva.
In Nanded, there is a Gurudwara dedicated to each of ten Sikh guru and most of the devotees visit each of them in an entire day.
Shri Hazur Sahib Gurdwara is built at the place where Guru Gobind Singh died. It is one of the five takhts (seats) in Sikhism.
In 2008, Shri Hazur Sahib Gurudwara celebrated its 300th anniversary and India's then Prime Minister, Hon. Manmohan Singh paid a tribute.
More than 10,000 devotees visit the holy city of Nanded every year.
Nanded is also home for many Hindu temples and devotees also perform vedic rituals on the sacred banks of Godavari.
Godavari is considered as holy as river Ganga and people bath in it as it is a belief that the activity purifies one's soul.
Whether you are a religious person or not, whether you are a Sikh or not, the holy land of Nanded does not discriminate and accepts prayers from every soul.
In return it showers you with blessings which guides your mind, body and soul to become one with god, which is to be found within you.
I had visited Nanded in 2011 and a story on it was long due.
If my blog inspired you to visit Nanded, do share your experience with me in the comments section.