Gurudwara Guru ka Tal
One of the most significant Sikh pilgrimage sites is Guru ka Tal. It is close to Sikandra, which is well-known for housing Akbar's tomb, and has ties to a significant Sikhism-related incident. The building was built in the seventeenth century and is thought to have served as a reservoir at one time (hence the name taal). According to several historical accounts, the water reservoir was constructed in 1610 AD under the reign of Jahangir to preserve water during the rainy season. But after the Guru's abdication, a gurdwara was built in his honour in its place. This red stone building from the 17th century is considered one of India's most spectacular architectural masterpieces.
It invites visitors from far and wide to revel in its beauty because it has intricate stone carvings, and eight of the original twelve towers still stand. In the beginning, Guru ka Tal was a reservoir created in 1610 opposite to the Tomb of Itibar Khan Khwajasara in Agra, close to Sikandra, by Jehangir as a means of collecting and preserving rainwater. It had masonry embankments and retaining walls made of brick and rubble. People think Itibar Khan Khwajasara founded it, which is why his mausoleum was constructed on the east side. The roomy tank is square in shape with a broad, long ramp called a 'Khurra' on its southern side and stepped ghats on either side. The ramp is paved with upright bricks and stone slabs. These walls are distinguished by four octagonal towers with two stories. The exquisite octagonal chhatri with pillars, brackets, and stone hooks on all four sides of these towers' top floors are constructed in the period's modern architectural style and were likely used to hold tent ropes. The main building material for the ghat was red sandstone, however it appears that the cupolas of the chhatris were originally plastered or adorned with glazed tiles. A red stone building called Guru ka Tal resembles many other spectacular Mughal structures, like Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort. The taal was decorated with stone carvings when the Gurudwara was built. The area is rich in historical significance and has a heartbreaking tale to tell.The sacred Gurudwara was constructed next to the historic 'tal' to honour Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the ninth Guru. In 1970, Sant Baba Sadhu Singh ji Mauni built the Gurudwara with assistance from members of the Sikh community. Four of the ten Sikh prophets have travelled to this sacred spot. Every year, several devotees congregate in this Gurudwara to pay respects to the revered Sikh guru (executed alongside his followers to guarantee religious freedom)........read more .......read more read less
Delhi-Agra Highway Between Transport Nagar and Sikandra, Agra 282005 India