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A MATTER OF FAITH: A Sikh pilgrim collects water from ‘Amrith Kund’ during his visit to gurudwara in Bidar on Sunday.
A MATTER OF FAITH: A Sikh pilgrim collects water from ‘Amrith Kund’ during his visit to gurudwara in Bidar on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

The water is considered to have the power to cure ailments

BIDAR: Water coming out from the natural spring, “Amrith Kund”, has always been considered sacred for Sikh pilgrims visiting the Guru Nank Jhira Sahib, Bidar. Visitors have been thronging the jhira premises to collect the “holy” water which is considered to have the power to cure ailments.

Hundreds of pilgrims have been visiting the Bidar gurudwara premises daily in connection with the Gur-ta-gaddi celebrations.

A visitor from Punjab, Gurutez, told The Hindu here on Sunday that he was carrying five litres of water from the “Amrith Kund”.

According to him, water from the kund will be sprinkled on his house to cleanse it of all evil. The water will also be served to his family members.

“This is my first visit to Bidar, but I had heard about this water from a natural spring from my grandfather who visited Bidar long ago,” he said.

About 500 years ago, the water in Bidar used to be salty and not fit for drinking. According to a legend, local people who went to Guru Nanak Devji to seek his blessings complained about the hardships faced by them to get clean and sweet drinking water.

On hearing their plight, the Guruji pushed a hillock with his wooden sandals and removed a stone. Clean sweet drinking water started gushing out from that spot. Even today, the water continues to flow from the same place.

This natural spring became famous as the “Nanak Jhira”( jhira means a spring of water). Tejpal Singh, a shop owner on the jhira premises, said that with many pilgrims visiting gurudwara, sale of plastic cans and steel utensils had gone up. Visitors buy plastic cans and utensils to carry water. Arrangements have been made to supply water from the “Amrith Kund” to pilgrims.

They have been prohibited from collecting water directly from the spring. Water is pumped to vessels first, and the gurudwara staff supply the water to pilgrims.

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