Gurudwara Shikar Ghat Sahib is a beautiful
piece of architecture perched on a low hill near the
bank of Godavari river, with high wooded hills in the background. Its
distance from Sachkand Sri Hazur Sahib is about six kilometers. A bridge was constructed
by kar-seva and built over the river Godavari.
A legend is associated with this shrine, too. It is said that Guru Gobind Singh
ji came here following the chase (shikar) and killed a rabbit which in a former
birth had been Bhai Mula, who belonged to Sialkot (now in Pakistan). He had once
accompanied Guru Nanak Dev ji during his travels. Once when Guru Nanak Dev ji went
to visit him, Mula avoided the Guru and hid himself for fear that the Guru might
take him away on another long journey. Sensing this Guru Nanak Dev ji went away,
but such is the travesty of fate that Mula died soon after of snakebite. His repentant
soul had since been wandering in different sub-human bodies until, Guru Gobind Singh
ji emancipated it by the touch of his arrow.
The present building complex of Shikar Ghat Sahib was
re-laid by Baba Jiwan Singh and Baba Dalip Singh Kar sewawale during the 1960’s
and early 1970’s. The square sanctum, where Guru Granth Sahib is seated
on a canopied throne of white marble, is in the middle of a square hall with walls
covered with white marble slabs and ceiling with white glazed tiles. Above the hall,
there is a dome over the sanctum, domed kiosks at the corners, and decorative domelets
along the length of the walls. The entire exterior from the base upto the top of
the dome is covered with white marble slabs. The pinnacle is also of white marble.