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Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib is a Gurudwara in the village Chheharta Sahib, located 7 kms away from Amritsar. It was named after a massive well dug by Guru Arjan Dev to mark the birth of his son and successor Guru Hargobind. Due to the abundance of water, six Persian wheels were installed around the well to draw water at a faster pace, thus giving the name Chehharta. Although the well is now covered up, the water used to be pumped into the main tank of the Gurudwara. The well is believed to have curative properties and tourists can still see the Persian Wheels which have been preserved well. A local community now manages the Gurudwara, where a lotus dome encloses the square sanctum. The Gurudwara complex also consists of a divan hall and all-day langar where visitors can enjoy a meal as they visit this fascinating site.
Basant Panchami in the month of Magh attracts lakhs of devotees from around the country and is considered the most significant fair at this historic site. The festivity begins early in the morning with the Kirtan Darbar which goes on throughout the day, ending in the afternoon the following day. Kite-flying is a significant attraction of this festival, and there are many competitions held for the same. Vistors of this fair can find many men sporting the yellow turban during the festival. The local Gurudwara management organises free medical services during this occasion.
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