Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Known for its association with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent religious as well as tourist places in Delhi. This magnificent shrine was built by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. Operating for all 24 hours, the Gurudwara is an example of the large-hearted nature of Sikhs. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Delhi, a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib rejuvenates your soul. This place of solace is flocked by more than thousand people in one single day.
The complex of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a main prayer hall, higher secondary school, a hospital, Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a library within its premises. The purity of this shrine increases with the presence of the holy Sarovar inside it. The white and golden constructed Gurudwara is high in spirits and can be spotted from a distance as well. People visiting here get ‘Kada Prasad’ which is incredibly tasty for it is a blend of holiness and lip-smacking taste. It also has a ‘Yatri Niwas’ or House for tourists. The religious shrine is so beautiful that even a look of it can make your soul experience peace and relaxation. The Paath and Shabads (the sacred chants) that go almost for 24 hours connects you directly to the divine power.
The Architecture of Bangla Sahib
Langar at Bangla Sahib
Festivals at Bangla Sahib
Things to Do
Tips For Visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
2. Wear something which covers you completely from the shoulders to the area beneath the knees.
3. In summers, visit the Gurudwara either in the early morning or the evening as these premises are a bit cooler than the afternoon times.
4. Alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited.
History of the Shrine
Bangla Sahib has important history attached to itself, and it is believed that the waters of the Sarovar here have miraculous healing properties. The Gurudwara was once a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh in the 17th century and was known as Jaisinghpura Palace at that time. When the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan visited Delhi in the year 1664, he stayed over at the palace itself. Due to an unforeseen turn of events,
there was an outbreak of cholera and smallpox in the region which claimed a number of victims.In accordance with the teachings of Sikhism, Guru Har Krishan dedicated his services to the suffering by giving fresh water from the well, the healing powers of which cured the diseased. Unfortunately, he contracted the same, as a result of which he died on March 30, 1664. Raja Jai Singh constructed a small tank over the waters of the well, and it is now believed to heal all kinds of diseases and health problems. It is taken away in bottles as souvenirs by devotees coming to Bangla Sahib from all over the world.