Toka Sahib gurdwara was established in honour of Guru Gobind Singh ji who visted this place twice. It is situated in the peaceful area of Village Toka. It was earlier situated in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, but now it is included in Haryana . A bridge road connects Toka Sahib with the city of Naraingarh (Haryana) which is 20 km away(Pic1). To reach the shrine one has to cross the Roon River (Pic 2).
The natural surroundings of Toka Sahib Gurdwara and the low population of the area make this a very serene place. Although, the old Toka Sahib Gurdwara was a modest flat roofed room, with an all round verandah, but now a new building of Toka Sahib Gurdwara is coming up dismantling the old one.
This Toka Sahib Gurdwara has a historic significance as the accounts tell us of two visits by the Father of the Khalsa Guru gobind singh ji.
- According to a slab (inscribed in 1968), Guru Gobind Singh ji came here with 2200 horsemen in 1685 to help Raja Medini Prakash of Nahan.
- According to Gurushabad Ratanakar Mahan Kosh (by Kahan Singh Nabha,(encyclopedia of Sikh Scripture,books, Sikh achievers) Guru Gobind Singh stayed here on his way back from Ponta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib in 1688.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji won the battle of Bhangani in 1688. When he, along with many Sikhs was returning to the city of Sri Anandpur Sahib Ji, he reached near a small village of Toka. The majority of residents of village Toka were ‘Rangharhs’ and were thieves. They got a chance and entered the camp of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s army. They managed to take two camels with them. As soon as Sikh soldiers did not find two camels, they informed Guru Gobind Ji. Guru Ji called ‘Rangharhs’ of the village and enquired about camels but ‘Rangharhs’ refused blatantly that they haven’t seen and other thieves must have stolen them.
Then Guru ji called few people from another village, named ‘Laaha’ at some distance, where the residents were poor and asked to go to Rangharhs’ village as beggars. A resident of village ‘Laaha’ went to village ‘Toka’ as if he was a beggar and found both of camels in the village. He informed about it. Then, Guru Ji called ‘Rangharhs’ of village ‘Toka’ again. ‘Rangharhs’ were now frightened because their crime was highlighted and proved. They apologized to Guru Ji. Guru Ji said, “The residents of village ‘Laaha’ will always get ‘Laaha’ (profit) and residents of ‘Toka’ will face ‘Tota’ (loss)”.
I often visit Gurdwara Toka Sahib along with my school staff on poornmashi or sankranti (Pic 1) as its vey near to our school Mount Carmel International School. There is no population near Gurdwara Sahib, so this place is very peaceful. The village of ‘Toka’ still exists. Because the Gurdwara is built on village Toka’s land, hence named as ‘Gurdwara Toka Sahib’.
Things of historic significance related to gurudwara what I found were:
The Darbar Sahib has been constructed on the foothill. Sometimes ago the Gurdwara Sahib consisted of a modest flat roofed surrounded by a veranda, but now it is dismantled (Pic3) and a new building of gurudwara sahib will be constructed & we were lucky to go on the first day of the construction (Pic 4 ). Until the new darbar sahib is constructed, a temporary gurdwara sahib has been constructed( Pic 5) . A Management trust led by Sardar satnam singh ji is framed which not only controls the ceremonies but also the daily working of Gurdwara. There is a huge congregation on days of Gurupurab , full moon days etc.
is a sacred bhora Sahib inside the darbar sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh ji stayed for
few days, but as the darbar sahib (old one) has been dismantled, so even this
is also dismantled for the construction of new one.
There is a old sacred Mango tree (Pic 6) present behind the Darbar sahib complex. According to early sources, it was said, that, after eating a Mango, Guru ji threw away the seed which soon took root and grew into a small Mango plant that today has grown into a Big Mango tree with branches laid down over the ground. It is said that it was planted by the Guru himself.
Guru ji stayed over here he used to tie the horses with Small hooks of Blackberry
tree. Still there are 4 huge Blackberry (Pic 7) trees
over there from that time, now which is used by the sangat to sit in shaade.
There is an old well(Pic 8) here which, according to an inscription, was
dug in 1823 “in memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Nawab Fateh
Not only this, two Sikh soldiers who were wounded in the battle of Bhangani, died here where a small building of a Gurdwara is built as their memorial on the bank of ‘Sarovar’ (pond) (Pic 9).
Kangha Sahib Aka Tap Asthaan Guru Gobind Singh:
This is an another Gurdwara which is a few meters away and located above small hill and under the boundary of Gurudwara Toka Shaib(Pic 10). It is said that Guru Gobind Singh ji after bathing in river Roon combed his hair. This is also the Tap Asthaan of Guru Gobind Singh. There is a Bridal path to go there, but one can go only on foot. Distance is just of 100 to 150 meters. Here, Guru Ji used to meditate in a solitary and peaceful place.
Sacred Neem tree is present near the Tap Asthaan (Pic 11) there
which is of Gurus time, it is said while brushing with neem twig guru when
throw the twig away in soil. The twig became a Neem tree.
is said that Guru Gobind Singh Ji after combing hair
dugged the hair which remained with Kanga. From that hair Bamboos grow up
there.But when we took a round We could not see the bamboo tree instead the
sewadaar showed us a dry tedu tree.
The village of ‘Toka’ still exists. Because the Gurdwara is built on village Toka’s land, it is named as ‘Gurdwara Toka Sahib’. A Management trust is framed which now controls the ceremonies & working of Gurdwara.
Chirian te mein baaz tudaun,
gidran to mein sher banaun,
sawa lakh se ek ladaun,
tabe gobind singh naam kahaun.
About The Author : Dr. Harleen Kaur