Batala is the second oldest of Punjab district after Bathinda. also, it’s the eighth-largest city of Punjab. It is a municipal corporation since 3 March 2019 in the Majha region of Gurdaspur District. It is located 32 km from the district headquarter Gurdaspur. It is also a police district. It is the largest industrial city in the district. 

For Sikh devotees, Batala is an important place. in 1485, the founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nanak Dev Ji was married here to the daughter of Mul Chand Chauna, whose name was Sulakhni. Many temples and gurdwaras related to Guru’s marriage are located here and they attract devotees from near and far.  

There is also a historical gurdwara Satkartarian sahib located which is related to the Shri Hargobind Ji, the 6th guru of Sikhs. In Batala, many historical significance and monuments of religion are located. These monuments are associated with Sikh history and the Mughal period. The city includes many churches built during the British Raj. 

Jal Mahal

Approximately during CE 1780–1839, The Jal Mahal and the palace of Maharaja Sher Singh were built by the Maharaja. Jal Mahal is also called Baradari. The palace is under the control of officials from the local Bering Union Christian College. It houses the administrative offices of the college and Jal Mahal is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.

 Maharaja Sher Singh’s palace and Jal Mahal were connected by a tunnel. According to some senior citizens, the Shamsherkhan tank of the Jal Mahal was filled with water through a tunnel, which was further connected to Beas near Kahnwan by a long canal. The remains of the tunnel can be seen near the bearing Christian college.  

Maharaja Sher Singh held meetings of his courtiers at Jal Mahal. Baradari in the middle of the tank was built by Maharaja Sher Singh. and Reservoirs were built by Shamsher Khan.

Gurdwara Kandh Sahib

Guru Nanak Dev Ji was married to Bibi Sulakhni Ji here. He was engaged to the daughter of Mul Chand Chauna who insisted on a traditional Hindu marriage with Brahmin priests while Guru Nanak Dev Ji wanted a simple marriage. Guru Nanak Devji was sitting next to a crooked mud wall or kandh wall and was discussing plans of marriage with Brahmin priests. There was a plan to push the wall to the top of Guru but Guru Nanak Dev Ji was warned about this plan by the old lady.  “This wall will not fall for centuries. The will of God shall prevail.” Guru Nanak Dev Ji just smiled and said this. The wall inside Gurudwara is still preserved and is celebrated here every year on the wedding anniversary of Guru Nanak. 

Kali Dwara Mandir

Here is another very famous and most visited shrine, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. many people from the city and surrounding areas visit the temple During Navratri time. Batala and outsiders have true faith in the Mata Kali Dwar temple.

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