Famous Gurudwara in Delhi

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Very next to the famous Connaught place in new Delhi is the Gurudwara Bangla sahib. In your Delhi Tour Package you must include this famous Gurudwara. The eighth Guru of the Sikh religion came to Delhi in year 1664-. The king of the Jaipur royalty who was a devotee of the Sikh Gurus provided his bungalow for the stay of the Guru. This was the time when Delhi was reeling under the small pox epidemic. The Guruji provided succor to the patients and got infected in the process. Guru Sahib at young age of just 8 years left for his heavenly abode. In year 1783 the Sikh forces under the aeges of Sardar Bhagel Singh raided Delhi, A treaty was held between Sardar Bhagel Singh and the Mughals according to it Gurudwara were made on the historic sites of Delhi. One such Gurudwara was made at the site of bungalow of Raja Jai Singh ,this small Gurudwara now has developed in to a grand historical Sikh Gurudwara with a gold covered sanctum sanctorum. There is also a large ambrosial pond. The devotees take the holy water from sri Bangla sahib which is believed to be blessed with curative properties. The devotees arriving at the Gurudwara do drink this blessed water and take along a bottle. There is a huge free community kitchen operating throughout the day providing meals to each and every one irrespective of religion/ Caste.

Very near to the bangle sahib Gurudwara is the jantar mantar, This is an official protest site of New Delhi. Protestors protest here and almost all of them eat their meals at the Bangla sahib Gurudwara. The Bangla sahib Gurudwara was in news lately as the Gurudwara provided meals to the protesting farmers who were holding talks with the Government of India. During the recent Covid epidemic too the Gurudwara has been lauded for their generous social work and philanthropic efforts.

Sees Ganj Gurudwara

Location of Sees Ganj Gurudwara- Just few hundred meters from the red fort of Delhi lies the Gurudwara Sees Ganj sahib in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi.

History of Sees Ganj Gurudwara- Guru Tegh Bahadur sahib to ensure the freedom of religion was martyred at this place in chandni chowk in the year 1675 November 24. The disciples Bhai Dayal, Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati das were also martyred along with the Guru Sahib. In the ensuring mayhem the pious body of the Guru sahib was taken by a devotee Lakhi Shah Bajara who carried the body to his home at Rakabganj and committed the funeral by burning his house. The Sees or the head was carried by another devotee all the way to Sri Anandpur Sahib. A mosque was constructed at the site of the martyrdom of Guru Sahib. In year 1783 a strong Sikh force swayed the mughal capital, led by Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and Sardar Bhagel Singh, this Sikh forces signed a treaty with the mughal king.

According to the treaty the Sikh Gurudwara were construsted on Sikh historic sites of Delhi. Gurudwara Sees ganj sahib was constructed on the site of the martyrdom of the Great guru.

Architecture of Sees Ganj Gurudwara : - This is a very congested area. The ground floor of the Gurdwara has a place to store the shoes of the devotees(Jora ghar) the service is free of cost. At the rear of the shoe house is the sacred well from which the devotees even now take the blessed water. Opening on the road a flight of steps take you to the Diwan hall or the place of congregation on the right side seated on the beautiful platform is the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, on the right the Kirtaniyas (bards) sing the hymns. The palanquin of Sri Guru Granth sahib is the place where Guru Sahib was martyred. On the right to the main Gurudwara is the building housing on underground parking, a community kitchen and a yatri niwas.

Rakab Ganj Sahib

Location of Rakab Ganj Sahib:- Located very near to the parliament of India is the Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib. This is the most important area of New Delhi with all very important offices of the Govt of India in the vicinity.

History of Rakab Ganj Sahib:- Guru Tegh Bahadur sahib Attained martyrdom on November 24, 1675. At the time of the martyrdom the eye witness say that a storm hit the mughal capital and heavy rains ensued during this a devotee of the Guru escaped the site of the martyrdom with the body of the Guru Sahib. The name of the devotee was Lakhi Shah Bajara. Lakhi shah bajara traveled to his home and set it on fire alongwith the Gurus body. This is how he was able to cremate the body. The place where the house of Lakhi Shah Bajara once existed is the pious location of the Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib. A small Gurudwara was constructed in 1783 on the behest of Sardar Jassa Singh and Sirdar Baghel Singh(Sikh Generals). The same has been built in to a modern Gurudwara today complete with dedicated parking, Diwan hall, a community kitchen for the devotees. The Gurudwara also has rooms for devotees to stay.