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#1 of 4 Places To Visit in Anandpur Sahib
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Nai Abadi Road, Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab 140117, India
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Of the five fortress-gurudwaras built by Guru Gobind Rai in 1688, Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib is the most important and also the best preserved. Some of the old fortifications still survive, although the modern gurudwara omplex sprawls much further. This is where the guru performed the first baptism ritual on Baisakhi day, 1699. The gurudwara is built in white marble and located on a hill that dominates the town. 

It was obviously chosen for its strategic location, since the other four fortresses are clearly visible from here. It’s well worth walking through the courtyard not just for the magnificent views, but to get an orientation of the town. Since all five fortresses are within easy walking distance, it is possible to map your routes from here. The statutory sarovar (tank or lake) is on lower ground, a little way from the main building. 

The inner sanctum is a square hall with a platform. Several weapons belonging to Guru Gobind Singh, including some that were brought back from British museums, are on display. There is also a baroque-looking serpentine nagin spear, once used during the siege of Lohgarh Fort to repulse a drunken elephant.

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