Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is an important historical and religious place in India which is dedicated to the eighth Sikh Guru, Sri Harkishen Sahib. It is situated near Connaught Place Market in New Delhi. Its main hall is simple, except for the open central shrine, covered by golden dome sporting a sculpted bronze cupola.The Devotional music is relayed throughout the complex continuously. There is a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library and  hospital in the Gurdwara complex. Holy water of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, which is known as ‘Amrit, and is said to have miraculous powers of curing thesick. Before entering the shrine, the devotees always take a holy dip in the holy pond, known as ‘sarovar’. The birth of Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib and death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singhji is celebrated here every year. ‘Langar’ or Community Kitchen Hall is well organized on the east side of the complexs. Here, free food is served to all the devotees, without any distinction of caste, creed or status. You can visit the main complex bare-footed only, covering one’s head is a compulsion and wearing conservative clothes, covering legs and shoulders is alsoexpected. According to the legend related to this Gurdwara, the seat of Guru Sahib was disputed and the Ram Rai, brother of Harkishen, sought the help of Aurungzeb. Aurungzeb called Guru Harkishen to Delhi, where he was entertained royally by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in his palace. Later, this fabulous mansion was converted into the Gurdwara in memory of Guru Sahib and was called as the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. This shrine has also had the honor of hosting the sixth Guru Sri Hargobind Sahib, on his arrival in Delhi.

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