Gurdwara Toka Sahib
Gurdwara Toka Sahib is a wonderful gurdwara which has been established in honour of Guru Gobind Singh, who stayed here for a few days in 1685 and again in 1688. This Gurdwara Sahib is situated in the peaceful area of village Tota in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, at the border of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. A road connects Toka Sahib with the city of Narayangarh (Haryana).
The natural surroundings of Gurdwara and the low population of the area make this a very peaceful and tranquil place. The Guru ka Langar (community kitchen) is available and food is served at most times. Another smaller Gurdwara called "Tapp Asthaan" is also built nearby where the Guru used to meditate in a solitary and peaceful location near the main Gurdwara Sahib. This is situated on a peak of nearby small hill.
Visits by Guru Gobind Singh
Accounts tell of two visits by the Father of the Khalsa.
- According to a slab (inscribed in 1968), Guru Gobind Singh came here with 2200 horsemen on 4 Baisakh 1742 Bk/ 1 April 1685 to help Raja Medini Prakash of Nahan.
- According to Gurushabad Ratanakar Mahan Kosh and Twarikh Guru Khalsa, however, Guru Gobind Singh stayed here on his way back from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib in 1688.
The majority of residents of village Toka were ‘Rangharhs’ (thieves). They got a chance to enter the camp of Guru Gobind Rai Ji’s army managing to steal away with two camels.
When the Sikh soldiers discovered that the camels were missing, they informed Guru Gobind Rai. The Guru asked the ‘Rangharhs’ of the village about the camels. The villagers said they did not take any camel. They said, “Other thieves must have stolen your camels. We have not seen your camels”.
They then went back to their village.
There was (and there still is) another village, named ‘Laaha’ at some distance from village Toka. Today, Laaha is situated on Narayangarh-Raipur Rani road. Majority of its residents were poor people. The Guru called them to his camp and asked them if they would go to the Rangharhs’ village disguised as beggars to check if the Guru's camels were in the village.
A poor resident of village ‘Laaha’ went to village ‘Toka’ posing as a beggar. He found both of camels of the Guru there in the village. He came back to the Guru and informed him that both camels were tied there in the village of ‘Toka’.
Now, Guru Ji called the ‘Rangharhs’ of village ‘Toka’ again. ‘Rangharhs’ were now frightened because their crime was highlighted and proved. They apologized to the Guru.
The Guru said, “The residents of village ‘Laaha’ will always get ‘Laaha’ (profit) and residents of ‘Toka’ will face ‘Tota’ (loss)”.
Places of historical significance
Sometime ago the Gurdwara Sahib consisted of a modest flat roofed surrounded by a verandah. There was a hut of a Nihang which took care of the shrine. Now there is a big hall as Toka Sahib. A Management trust was framed which now controls the ceremonies & working of Gurdwaras. There is a huge congregation on days related to Guru Gobind Singh & other Gurus too. The sangat visits here around the Year from all corners filling the area around the Gurdwara with trucks, tractors, vans and other vehicles. To reach the shrine one has to cross the Roon River. The Darbar Sahib has been constructed on the foothill.
There is a sacred bhora Sahib where Guru Gobind Singh ji stayed for few days.
There is a old sacred Mango tree present behind the Darbar sahib complex. According to early sources, it was said, that, after eating a Mango, Guru jee threw away the seed which soon took root and grew into a small Mango plant that today has grown into a Big Mango tree with branches laid down over the ground. But know it is said that it was planted by the Guru himself.
Black Berry Tree:
When Guru jee stayed over here he used to tie the horses with Small hooks of Blackberry tree. Still there are two huge Blackberry trees over there from that time.
Kangha Sahib Aka Tap Asthaan Guru Gobind Singh:
This is an another Gurdwara which is a few meters away and located above small hill and under the boundry of Gurudwara Toka Shaib. It is said that Guru Gobind Singh jee after bathing in river Roon combed his hair. This is also the Tap Asthaan of Guru Gobind Singh. There is a Bridal path to go there, but one can go only on foot. Distance is just of 100 to 150 meters. Another Gurdwara is built where Guru Ji used to meditate in a solitary and peaceful place near the main Gurdwara Sahib.
The Sacred Neem tree is present there which is of Gurus time, it is said while brushing with neem twig guru when throw the twig away in soil. The twig became a Neem tree.
Guru Gobind Singh Jee after combing hair dugged the hair which remained with Kanga. From that hair Bamboos grow up there.
Two Sikh soldiers who were wounded in the battle of Bhangani, died here. A small building of a Gurdwara is built as their memorial on the bank of ‘Sarovar’ (pond).
Now there is a Sarovar Sahib, a big Langar hall, a Gobar Gas Plant and road (from Ferozpur over River Roon) made under the tenure of Captain Fateh Singh. The village of ‘Toka’ still exists. Because the Gurdwara is built on village Toka’s land, it is named as ‘Gurdwara Toka Sahib’. The ‘Guru Ka Langar’ (community kitchen) is available.
The Gurdwara is located in Sirmur District of Himachal Pradesh, but the nearest village Tota, about one kilometre to the southeast, is in Ambala District of Haryana. From Mianpur you have to cross the river called Roon to reach there. It is approximately 20 Km's from Naraingarh.