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sekha: a 'noble learner', a disciple in higher training, i.e. one who pursues the 3 kinds of training (sikkhā, q.v.), is one of those 7 kinds of noble disciples who have reached one of the 4 supermundane paths or the 3 lower fruitions (s. ariya-puggala),
while the one possessed of the 4th fruition, or Arahatta-phala, is called 'one beyond training' (asekha, lit. 'no more learner'). The worldling (puthujjana, q.v.) is called 'neither a noble learner, nor perfected in learning' (n’eva-sekha-nāsekha). Cf. Pug. 23-25.
sekha : [m.] a learner; one who is in the course of perfection.
Sekha is a large village in Barnala district, Punjab, India. It is located 7 km to the east of Barnala on Bathinda-Patiala railway line and Barnala-Dhuri road.
It is a medium sized village with a population of around 10,000. All the basic amenities are present at a commutable distance.
Sekha used to be a cluster of 22 villages called 'Bahia' (in Punjabi meaning composed of twenty-two entities).
The people living here were of Sidhu clan. Once Guru Teg Bahadur ji, the ninth Sikh Guru, arrived in the 'Bahia' during his Malwa Visit.
But the ruler of 'Bahia' refused to give the Guru a piece of land to live on for few days.
The ruler asked the Guru to leave the place. Guru Teg Bahadur got angry and cursed the 'Bahia' by saying "Bahia Hoju Thehia"(Punjabi: ਬਾਹੀਆ ਹੋਜੂ ਥੇਹਿਆ) meaning- "Bahia will collapse into a heap" Due to his curse the whole of Bahia turned into a heap of debris.
This Theh (Punjabi: ਥੇਹ) still exists to the west of the main village and the place where Guru Teg Bahadur ji meditated has been turned into a beautiful Gurudwara named 'Gurudwara Patshahi Naumi, Sekha'.
Every year on 22 Poh(Punjabi Calendar) i.e. in early January a three-day fair is held in the village in remembrance of the Coming of Guru Teg Bahadur ji to the village. Later on, a new village to the west of Bahia was built which is now known as Sekha.
There are many religious places in the village.
Gurudwara Patshahi Naumi (Gurudwara of the ninth Guru) towards the west of the village on Barnala road. This is the place where the ninth Guru meditated during his visit to the village. There is another Gurudwara near the village railway station. Near the Grain Market, there is a famous Tilla of Baba Tehaldas.
It is a multi-religious place with a Temple, Gurudwara et al. in it. In the heart of the village, there is a Memorial Gurudwara of Bhai Moola Singh. There are numerous other religious places in the village.