18. Erection of fortresses
In the year 1688-89 A. D. four fortresses, Anand Garh, Loh Garh, Fateh Garh and Kesgarh were built in the vicinity of Anandpur. Of these Anandgarh proved most serviceable during the siege of Anandpur by the Imperial army. 1. Qila Anandgarh Sahib is situated in the middle of town Shri Anandpur Sahib. This is one from five Kilas Built By SHRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI for the protection of sikhs from Hill rulers. In Gurudwara Sahib also there is Sacred BAOLI SAHIB. It is Situated in the south eas of Gurudwara Sri Takhat Kesgarh Sahib. 2. Qila Fatehgarh Sahib is situated in the city of Sri Anandpur Sahib of Ropar Distt. The Kila was built By SHRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI to defend the Anandpur Sahib city in the territory of sahota village. When this Qila was built Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji was born hence it was named as Qila Fatehgarh Sahib. 3. Qila Holgarh Sahib is Situated in the city Shri Anandpur Sahib of Ropar Distt. It was the third strongest fort built by SHRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI. GURU SAHIB used to organize here the hola mahalla celeberations on the holi day. In order to keep sikhs away from the holi celebration by hindus in which they used to pour colour and water, GURU SAHIB used to organize competition of wrestling, sword, wielding, arrow shooting, gatka etc. 4. Qila Lohgarh Sahib is situated in the City of Anandpur Sahib in Ropar Distt. Its located in the outskirts of Shri Anandpur Sahib and is of Great Importance. It was second strongest Qila after Qila Anandgarh sahib as it was on southern side of city GURU SAHIB had set up a factory for manufacturing of arms. The hill armies attacked city Anandpur sahib many times but hesitated to attack the Qila as they wonn't be able to break its gate.On 1 september 1700 hill armies attacked this fort to break the gate of fort they brought the drunk elephant. With blessing from SHRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI, Bhai Bachitar Singh Ji attacked the elephant with nagani spear (Still lying at SHRI KESGARH SAHIB). The wounded elephant retreated killing the soldiers from hill armies. 5. Qila Taragarh Sahib is situated on the outskirts of Shri Anandpur Sahib. Five km from Shri Anandpur sahib it was built to stop the hill armies in advance. It was built on top of hill from where one can see activities of kehlur fort.