Video - In and Around of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Temple
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most extremely popular places of worship in Delhi. On holidays particularly, this place is bundled with people of all religions and supremacies. The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was built on the site of a house where Guru Harikishen Dev, the 8th Guru of the Sikhs, stayed when he visited Delhi in 1664, on the royal call from Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The tank, which can still be seen in the temple compound, was apparently blessed by the Guru himself, which can cure people of small pox and cholera. Partisans of Sikh history can visit the Baba Baghel Singh Museum within the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib complex. It is also said that the 6th Guru, Sri Hargobind Sahib had stayed in this holy place after being released from the Gwalior Fort.
Significance of the temple
Before entering the shrine, the devotees 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 organized on the east side of the complex. Here, free food is served to all the devotees, without any distinction of caste, creed or status. One can visit the main complex bare-footed only, covering one's head and wearing conservative clothes, covering legs and shoulders.
According to the legend related to this Gurdwara, the seat of Guru Sahib was disputed and Ram Rai, brother of Harkishen, sought the help of Aurungzeb. Aurungzeb called Guru Harkishen to Delhi, where he was been entertained royally by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in his own palace, along with Diwan Dargah Mull, Bhai Gurditta Ji, Bhai Mati Das Ji and the mother of the Guruji. Later, this fabulous mansion was converted into a Gurdwara in the memory of the Guru Sahib and was called as Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. This shrine has also had the honor of hosting the sixth Guru Sri Hargobind Sahib, on his arrival in Delhi.
Bangla Sahib Gurdwara is located near the main Connaught Place in Delhi. It has developed into a center of pilgrimage for thousands of people everyday. People from various religions, castes and places visit this holy place .
A bungalow in Delhi owned by Raja Jai Singh of Amber (Jaipur) is now the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. The 8th Guru Sri Harkishan had been here as a guest of Raja Jai Singh. He left for his heavenly abode on October 6, 1661 AD. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib speaks the story of Baba Ram Rai, the elder brother of Guruji who tried in vain to influence the Sikhs of Delhi and Punjab. Later he went to Emperor Aurangzeb to secure the Gurugadi. Aurangzeb decided to summon Guru Harkrishan. The Rajput chief Raja Jai Singh took over the responsibility of the temple.
While in Delhi the great Guru has served the humble and the people affected by cholera and smallpox . He gave medicines, food and clothes to the needy. A small tank which was built by Raja Jai Singh in the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. This water is taken to cure ailments. The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee has been successful in establishing a hospital in the basement of the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. The Khalsa Girls School is there in the adjacent building. A pond of 225 x 235 feet has been built solely with donations from the devotees.
Time to VisitThe Bangla Sahib Gurdwara can be visited everyday from morning to late night. Usually Sikhs and Non-Sikhs both are expected to wear proper clothes befitting the dignity of the Gurdwara. Women and men must cover their head before entering the Gurdwara Premises.All visitors are required to cover their head and remove their shoes while entering Gurdwara Bangla Sahib premises.
Other places to VisitThe Art Gallery located in the basement of the Gurdwara is also very popular with visitors. One who has keen interest in paintings can visit this gallery which depicts historical events connected with Sikh history . It is named afte the Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in 1783 during the time of Shah Alam II. Other places are India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Lakshmi Narayan temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan, and Hanuman Mandir.
Facilities at the Temple.
|The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is one which manages the Gurdwara and has over 250 employees who look after the functioning of this place of worship in different shifts. Hundreds of people volunteer and work out of devotion in the gurdwara every day. The gurdwara has a very good parking facility with a multi-level parking lot which can accommodate more than thousand cars at a time. The complex has all the basic facilities for visitors.||Nearby tourist places to Bangla Sahib Gurdwara |
All in all, a visit to this sacred place is very enriching experience. One can feel a kind of devotion, faith, belief and hospitality of the Sikh community as well as receive the blessings of the priests when he or she visits the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.
How to reach the Temple
- By Air- as the Capital City, Delhi has an International airport which is connected to major cities of the country. Flights from major cities of India as well as world-wide are available to Delhi
Through Roadways- Delhi is well-connected by a good network of roads with rest of the country as it is the Capital City of the Country. The buses are available to the temple from different places of Delhi and other nearby towns.
- Local Transport: For local transport DTC and State operated buses are available. The rented cars, taxis, auto-rickshaws are also available.