Nanded city has a history that dates back to over 7 centuries. With a population of 4.3 lakh (2001 census) it is the second largest city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra state. The city and its immediate region, famed for its socio-cultural uniqueness and endowed with the river Godavari and several places of religious monuments / significance, is most popular for the Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Gurudwara (Sachkhand Gurudwara), one of the five Takhats of the Sikh religion. It is in Nanded that Shri Guru Gobind Singh, the last living Sikh Guru consecrated the Holy Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru of Sikhism on October 28, 1708, before departing for his heavenly abode (parlok gaman) on October 30, 1708. The event and location where the consecration took place is referred to as the Gur ta Gaddi (Throne of the Guru). The city will host Gur ta Gaddi Tercentenary Celebrations in October 2008, to commemorate the 300 year of the holy events of Sikhism, which are expected to be attended by millions of devotees from all over the country and the world. more...

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