bahadurgarh-fort

The Bahadurgarh Fort is 6 kilometers away from Patiala city. It is situated on the Patiala-Chandigarh road. The fort was constructed by Nawab Saif Khan in 1658 A.D and later renovated by a Sikh ruler Maharaja Karam Singh in 1837. The construction of the entire fort was completed in eight years. A sum of ten lakh rupees was spent on its construction. It covers an area of 2 sq.kms. The fort is enclosed within two rounded walls and a moat. The circumference of the fort is slightly over two kilometers.

The name Bahadurgarh fort was given by Maharaja Karam Singh as a tribute to the Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur who stayed here for three months and nine days before leaving for Delhi. The fort consist of a historical Gurdwara Sahib (a Sikh temple) named Gurdwara Sahib Patshai Nauvin.This Gurudwara shows fine Sikh architecture. This gurudwara is controlled by the Shiromini Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee. People visit this gurdwara on the occasion of the festival of Baisakhi on April 13, every year.

A mosque is also present in the fort. It was built by Saif Khan in the year 1668. The tomb of Saif Khan is situated 300 yards away from the fort. In the memory of Saif Khan a fair is organized during June and January. It is named as Mela Roza Sharit Nawab Saif Ali.No doubt the town of Bahdurgarh has a rich historical background but nowadays it is better known for the Milk Food and Escorts factories. These industries provide plentiful employment opportunities to the local residents.

This place was named after the holy Guru Tegh Bahadur who was invited by the Saif Khan at this place and this place is at about one and half km from the Punjab University Gate. This fort enclosed the village Saifabad by its four wails at the Rajpura-Patiala road. There is only a solely person who settled down here is Saif Khan who is a relative of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after having hold the various offices here. He was buried in this fort after his death and there was a tomb built in his memory which covers an area as a structure of 177 x 177 ft, which was neglected. This tomb was lit by the lamps every Thursday by his followers. At the reign of Aurangzeb in year 1668, the village and mosque was founded by the two inscriptions as a witness. Nawab Saif Khan was a huge admirer of the holy Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh and he also invited him to this place in every monsoon season. There were two gurudwaras, which commemorated his visit that outside of the road and inside the fort. One of the famous Gurudwara is Panj Bali Gurdwara. This fort was manufactured at the cost of Rs. 10, 00, 000. It covers an area of one mile, 536 yards and 2 feet in its circumference.