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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, it is located near the main Connaught Place in Delhi, India. Originally this place was the Bungalow(haveli) of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, hence the name Bangla Sahib. It is a sacred shrine dedicated to the Eight Sikh guru, Guru Hari Krishan ji. Guru Har Krishan, a prominent Sikh guru also lived here and served many people during his lifetime. People from various religions, castes and places visit this holy place . It is one of the best places to visit when you are in Delhi. Sikh pilgrims flock here at all hours, and devotional songs waft over the compound, adding to the contemplative mood.

History

The Gurudwara was built by well known Sikh military leader Banghel Singh in 1783, and it was during this time that he was responsible for the erection of many shrines in Delhi. The eighth Guru Sri Harkishan had stayed here for a few months as guest of Raja Jai Singh. Since then it has become a place of pilgrimage for both, Hindus and Sikhs. Baba Ram Rai, his elder brother became much perturbed when he learnt that Har Krishan had been appointed the spiritual head. He tried in vain to influence the leading Sikhs of Delhi and Punjab. Later he approached Emperor Aurangzeb to help him acquire the Gurugadi. Consequently, Aurangzeb agreed to summon Guru Har Krishan to see whether he was really superior and more spiritual.

Inside Atmosphere of Bangla Sahib

The atmosphere insight is so religious and pious that you yourself feel like sitting and meditating. Devotional music is relayed throughout the complex continuously. The shoe stand volunteers make you feel dignity of labour, happiness in service. Turbans or Scarfs are available to wrap your head to enter into the Main hall. It is huge, grand, centrally airconditioned and peaceful. The Gurudwara premises include the main prayer hall (containing the Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs). Persons not visited Golden Temple, may feel this as One. The water tank (Sarovar) in the campus is also huge accommodating very colourful species of fishes.There is a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library and a hospital in the Gurdwara complex. Holy water of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, known as 'Amrit', is said to have miraculous powers of curing the sick.

There is langar(free food) as a prasad from the Gurudwara. You can find many well to do people doing errands smilingly in the service of God like cleaning shoes, making meals, washing utensils, arranging water etc.