NIZĀMĀBĀD, a small town in Āzamgaṛh district of Uttar Pradesh, was visited both by Gurū Nānak and Gurū Tegh Bahādur. According to local tradition, the former stayed here for 21 days. Gurū Tegh Bahādur came to Nizāmābād in 1670 while travelling back to the Punjab from the eastern parts. A shrine looked after by Udāsī sadhus existed here until Bābā Kripā Dayāl Siṅgh Bhallā of Goindvāl came and established a gurdwārā, which is called Gurdwārā Charan Pādukā Pātshāhī 1 te 9. He was followed by his son, Sādho Siṅgh, and his grandson Sumer Siṅgh a noted poet and later mahant of Takht Harimandar Sāhib, Paṭnā. Later, the management of the Gurdwārā was assumed by Srī Gurū Siṅgh Sabhā, Āzamgaṛh. Renovation of the buildings was taken up by Sant Sādhū Siṅgh Maunī in 1976-77. An important relic preserved here is a pair of wooden sandals belonging to Gurū Tegh Bahādur. For security reasons it has been entrusted to the custody of a prominent businessman of Āzamgaṛh, and is brought to the Gurdwārā for display on special occasions. In the Gurdwārā are preserved fourteen old handwritten volumes of the Gurū Granth Sāhib and six of the Dasam Granth. Some of them go back to the eighteenth century.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)