Janamsakhis are unanimous about Guru Nanak
Dev's visit to Kamrup (Assam) but no sangat
or historical shrine dedicated to him
Guru Tegh Bahadur visited Assam in 1670.
He had accompanied Raja Ram Singh of Amber
who had been sent by Aurangzeb to quell
a rebellion by the Ahom chief Chakradhwaj.
Assam was a difficult country to operate
in and for Raja Ram Singh it was a task
assigned to him as a punishment because
it was from his custody that Shiva Ji
had escaped a few years earlier. Guru
Tegh Bahadur's presence, therefore, was
a moral booster to him and his troop's
morale. The Guru's role was, however,
more active than a mere presence. A pacifist
that he was, he helped conclude a no-war
agreement between the two sides. As a
monument to peace, a high mound as raised
to which every soldier contributed five
shieldfuls of earth. This mound standing
on the right bank of Brahmpra River at
Dhubri, a sub-divisional town in Goalpara
district of Assam, came to be treated
as a sacred shrine. A Gurdwara was also
built near it on the spot where Guru Tegh
Bahadur had stayed and negotiated peace.
It was looked after by Udasi priests until
it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1896-97
circa. Bhai Ram Singh, an officiant of
the shrine, reconstructed a room in 1901.
The mahants also possessed a farman (fiat)
of a Mughal emperor pertaining to a land
grant to the shrine. In 1902-03, Mahant
Jai Singh took this Farman with him when
he went to Punjab to raise funds through
donations for the Gurdwara building under
reconstruction. Unfortunately Bhai Jai
Singh died somewhere near Amritsar, and
the Farman was lost.
1) Gurdwara Thara Sahib or Damdama
Sahib - In 1966, a Gurdwara in a small
octagonal hut with sloping roof was also
set up on top of the mound. It is called
Thara Sahib or Damdama Sahib.
2) Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur
- The other shrien called Gurdwara Sri
Guru Tegh Bahadur is in a square hall
with wooden walls and sloping roof. Further
development of the Gurdwara is afoot under
the Sikh Pratinidhi Board Eastern Zone
and the local managing committee.
For reaching Dhubri rail route via Katihar
and Siliguri convenient. One has to change
at Fakiragram junction for Dhubri, a distance
of about 70 kilometres by rail or road.