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About Dera Baba Banda

The Dera Baba Banda monastery is at a distance of 75 kilometers from Jammu city. About 300-year-old and houses the shrine of Baba Banda within its premises. Who was Baba Banda and what made him a martyr? Banda Singh Bahadur was a military commander who fought courageously against the Mughal Empire. It is said that he was the favorite ‘saint-soldier’ of Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh named him ‘Banda Baba’ in the 18th century. Also, Guru handed over his relics to Baba Banda. These included his bow and arrow, sword and some weapons. All of these relics including the holy ashes of Baba Banda are preserved in the monastery. Tourists from around the world especially Sikh- Hindus visit this place to pay obeisance to the brave solider and explore Guru’s relics. The monastery’s structure is splendid. It is made entirely of white marble, and white symbolizes peace. The interior golden hue of interior walls and 48 feet high Nishan Sahib made out of Deodar, add to the royal feel of this structure.

Historical Context: It is a 300 years old gurudwara situated on the banks of river chenab.

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  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
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