Gurudwara Nagiana Sahib
|Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib|
ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਨਗਿਆਨਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ
|Town or city||Uchoke Kalan, about 35km from Amritsar|
Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib is a Gurudwara, or holy Sikh shrine, located in Udoke, a small village near Batala in Punjab, India. The shrine was built by the Sikh saint Sant Baba Chuggat Singh Ji, who served as the first official Sewadar (volunteer) of the shrine.
The Nagi community of Punjab believe that the shrine is the birth place of their lineage. Initially, the shrine was open only to Nagi worshippers but is now open to anyone.
The shrine is noted for its celebration of Nagi Day, which falls on the 8th of September every year. The annual festivities include a large langar. The shrine also engages in accumulating funds and providing food for weddings, an educational institute and a hospital. These activities are financed by the Nagiana fund.
Sikh Legend and Tradition
The shrine's main building was built by Sant Baba Chuggat Singh Ji, believed to be the Gurudwara's first sewada. According to Sikh Tradition, this shrine is believed to have historical ties to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The shrine contains many statues of snakes and cobras; some visitors mistakenly conclude that the shrine is for snake worship. The snake's importance and connection to the shrine stems from the Nagi and Sikh legend of 'Guru Nanak and the Sheshnag Cobra'. Many Nagi's believe that it was that same 'Sheshnag' cobra that followed Guru Nanak Dev Ji as he endeavoured on his Udasians and bestowed his blessings upon all the shrines he visited.
The Gurdwara trust also run a number of charitable services.
- Social Responsibilities
The trust handles social welfare responsibilities - which include, taking care of weddings for girls whom come from poor families, at no cost, in addition to supporting the village and villagers with their basic needs.
- Educational Institute
Apart from the shrine, the trust runs the educational institute / higher secondary school which is adjacent to the shrine. The gurudwara committee offers both religious study and modern education.
- Charitable Hospital
The trust runs the charitable hospital for the poor and needy people of village from 2009 to till date.
The administration of the Gurdwara, is taken care by Baba Chuggat Singh Prabandhak Committee, a non-profit institution. Name of the Trust: Baba Chuggat Singh Prabandhak Committee