Sri Keshgarh Sahib is the birthplace of the Khalsa.
Amid the Shivalik hills, it is situated on the bank of the
Satluj. The beat on the Ranjit Nagara has been striking
a terror in the minds of the tyrants. For the common man its
resonance came to be a divine melody, his guardian angel. He
bowed in obeisance to it. It is the place that commemorates
the miracle of 'celebrating the scum of humanity' and a wonder
of the divine and transcendent guru-disciple matrix. After
purchasing land of Makhowal, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib
designated it as Chak Nanki. Later, it came to be
popularized as Anandpur Sahib.
When Bhai Jaita presented himself to the Great Guru
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji with reverential, decapitated
head of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the former burst
out spontaneously: 'This is the ground for founding the
Panth....' It is the place where Five Piyaras offered
their heads to the Guru Playfully. The divine nectar
(Amrit) was prepared in a broad metallic vessel, with a
mini but broad rapier and the Piyaras were baptised by
the Great Guru.
The Khalsa is my form
I live within the Khalsa...
The Khalsa is my Satguru
It was this place that is the starting point of India's
decisive struggle for independence in his family. The struggle
continued until the saffron-coloured flag was hoisted on the
Royal Fort at Lahore. So much is the Khalsa attached to
this hallowed place that the Sikh feels elated to be
called a dweller of ANANDPURI.