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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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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

In addition to being a revered place of worship, the edifice of Bangla Sahib is a magnificent example of Sikh architecture. The entire building is carved out of delicate white marble, with the central dome covered in solid gold leaves. The front wall is embellished with intricate projected carvings and has several smaller domes as well. The Nishan Sahib is a towering flagpole which proudly waves the Gurudwara’s flag.
The grounds of the Gurudwara has a number of structures within its boundaries, such as an art gallery, the communal kitchen, a higher secondary school and even a ‘Yatri Niwas’ for tired pilgrims to relax and refresh themselves. The Gurudwara is also equipped with all amenities such as air conditioning, toilets and parking space for the convenience of the visitors.

Langar at Bangla Sahib

Nobody sleeps hungry under the blessings of the divine soul. The Gurudwara has a Langar Hall, where meals are provided for all regardless of race, caste, gender or religion, and that too without any charges.
The community meals are provided from 12:00 AM – 11: 45 PM and are open to everyone who visits the place. You can also render your services to the Almighty by helping out in the langar kitchen, which is believed to be one of the most blessed prayer services in the shrine.

Festivals at Bangla Sahib

Being an important Sikh pilgrim site, festivals here are celebrated with great fervor and vigor. The yearly festivals begin with Prakash Utsav, which is a celebration of the birth of Guru Gobind Singh who was the tenth Sikh Guru.
Baisakhi, which is a celebration of the harvest season is also celebrated here by thousands of believers. Guru Purab or the birth of Guru Nanak Dev and the birth anniversary of Guru Har Krishan are other major festivals celebrated here.

Things to Do

Wrapped in the mystical divinities of the Almighty, Bangla Sahib is the perfect place for anyone looking for spiritual awakening away from the materialism of the world. You can attend the prayer services here or simply spend some quiet time along the banks of the Sarovar. You can also offer to help out in the communal Langar kitchen and serve your fellow devotees. You can also go through the texts in the Gurudwara’s library and learn more about the Sikh faith.

Tips For Visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

1. Do not enter the Gurudwara bare head. You are strictly required to cover it.
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.

How To Reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

The Gurudwara is located in Connaught Place, also known as the heart of Delhi. One can easily reach here via Blue line as well as Yellow line metro. Step down at Rajiv Chowk if you are travelling by a blue line metro. Furthermore, take an auto-rickshaw to reach the Gurudwara which is 2.8 kilometres away from the station. Patel Chowk metro station is the nearest metro station on the Yellow line. It is situated at a distance of 2 kilometres from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
This attraction has a dedicated bus stop as well, so you can get off there and walk a distance of about 1 kilometres to reach your destination. Alternately, you can hire a cab yo reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib as well.

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