Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
The Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most important Sikh centers in India. Located near the main Connaught Palace in Delhi, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is a pilgrimage destination for thousands of people. Each year, people of various religions and castes visit this highly sacred place.
Formerly, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was known as the Jaisinghpura Palace. The site was originally a villa owned by a 17th century Indian leader called Raja Jai Singh.
In 1664, the eighth Sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan, made this palace his residence during his stay in Delhi. During this time, the city was ravaged by an epidemic of smallpox and cholera. Faced with this situation, Guru HarKrishan decided to help people who were suffering by offering them fresh water from the palace. A few days later, the guru contracted the disease and died on 30 March 1664.
Later, a small reservoir was built by Raja Jai Singh on the well commemorating Guru HarKrishan. Today, its water is revered as having healing properties and is taken by Sikhs all over the world. The Gurdwara and its Sarovar have become highly respected places of Sikhs. Special gatherings and prayers are held here on the occasion of celebrating the birth of Guru Har Krishan.
The Gurdwara Bangla Sahib dates back to the 17th century and is a popular religious destination in Delhi. The complex consists of an impressive golden dome, white marble buildings, intricate carvings and a sarovar with large and small fish.
Gurdwara's premises include the main prayer room containing the Granth Sahib and the sacred book of the Sikhs, the water reservoir, a library, a museum, a hospital, a school and an art gallery. The latter is located in the basement of the property and is very popular with visitors. The art gallery exhibits various paintings depicting historical events related to the Sikh community.
As with all Gurdwaras Sikhs, the term langar or "food" is commonly used in the Bangla Sahib "Gurdwara cuisine" where everyone, regardless of religion, castes or beliefs, is invited to share the meal. The langar is prepared by gursikhs working within the institution, but also volunteers.
At Gurdwara, visitors can hire guides and scarves. Shoe service is available free of charge inside the complex.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Delhi starts from October until March. During this period, time is pleasant, facilitating visits to the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. In summer, the temperature in Delhi increases to 45 ° C. Boaters are therefore advised not to go there during the summer season because the chances of being affected by heat stroke are considerably high.
How to get there ?
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is located next to the Gol Khana Dakota Tower, in the heart of the city. Various modes of transportation are available to reach Gurudwara. You have an option of using public transport, renting a taxi or traveling by metro. The nearest metro stations to the Gurdwara are Rajiv Chow (blue or yellow line) and Patel Chowk (yellow line). You can also opt for the Airport Express metro service.
Time and entrance fee
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is open all days of the week, 24 hours a day. Entry to the palace is totally free. However, you must dress modestly and keep your head covered in the Gurdwara premises. Before entering into the sanctuary, you should remove your shoes.
What to do ?
- Visit the famous Bangla Sahib Gurdwara
- Take some souvenir pictures on site
- Enhance knowledge of the traditions and cultures of India in Sikh Gurdwara
- Taste local cuisine(served inside the Gurudwara), also called as Langar, such as dal-chawal, sabzi-roti and kheer, etc.