Nanded – An Insignia of Religious Harmony

As per Dr Radhakrishnan, all religions are human attempts to reach the Ultimate Reality and enlighten the inner self. Buddha brought to light the truth behind human sufferings and advised for spiritual enlightenment. Guru Nanak told that God is one, but He has many forms. He is the ‘Creator’ and he himself gets incarnated as human beings. Mahaveer Jain was of view that even gods salute one who is engrossed in religion. Prophet Mohammed advised to practice self-restraints and obedience. Jesus Christ said that service to human being is service to God.

Nanded City, the headquarters of Nanded District in the state of Maharashtra is bestowed by God with a population that comprise, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. It portrays the perfect example of religious harmony. At the same time, it exhibits the unique cultural feature of India, ‘Unity in diversity’. Nanded is the right place for a visitor who wants to experience this unique feature.

Nanded borders with Andhra Pradesh on the east and Karnataka on the south. The name is derived from Nandi Tat on the river Godavari. It derives its prominence because of the Hazur Sahib Gurudwara that commemorates the place of demise of the last Sikkh Guru Shri Guru Govind Singhji Maharaj.

One can witness the vivid imprints of historical events at Nanded. Visualizing back to 272 BC to 231 BC, one can find Nanded under the rule of King Asoka, the Great. Then, it was taken over by the Andhrabhrtyasor Satvahanas during the 1st century AD. Later, it was ruled by the Nanda dynasty.

Although Sanskrit is the classical language of India, there are only a few places where higher education is imparted. Nanded is one amongst them, inviting students from other places.

Nanded is a holy pilgrimage for those having faith on the teaching of Guru Nanak. The Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalangar Sahib, with the main Gurudwara is the high seat of authority of the Sikh community.

Nanded Fort stands on the fort of the river Godavcari and attracts attention of natural lovers because of its garden and water works inside. It is located at a distance of 4 km away from Nanded city. Kandhar Fort is located in Kandhar town, in the district of Nanded which is in a ruined condition. It attracts visitors for its rich architectural exposition.

The temple of Lord Siddheshwa
Located at Hottal, 8 km away from Degloor exhibits the architecture of the Chalukya era. The temple of Renuka Devi could be visited at Mahurgadh and is one of the Shakti Peeths.

Majid of Biloli
Also famous by the name of Hazrat Nawab Sargaraz Khan Sahib Maslid, is constructed out of stone, 330 years back in the era of Aurangzeb.

A village in Nanded has natural spring that has curative effects for skin diseases. Starting from a U-shaped hill, Kandhar Falls is located at the middle of Chandoli Zoo and is adjacent to the Chandoli Dam.

The history of religions illustrates the tragic effect of an intolerant and excusive faith. This faith of Karl Barth stands defeated at Nanded.