New Delhi, India
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh house of worship in Delhi. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is blessed with the healing powers of eight Sikh Guru, Shri Harikrishan Sahib. The Gurudwara is located on the east side intersection of Ashok Road and baba Kharag Singh Marg & easily recognizable by its golden dome and tall flagpole also known as nishan sahib.
Historically this place was the bungalow of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, a strong devotee of Sikh Gurus and a military leader of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. It was also known as Jaisinghpura Palace in seventeenth century. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi in 1664. Later, this mansion was converted into a Gurdwara in the memory of the Guru Sahib and was called as Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. It has been said that during that time there was a smallpox and cholera epidemic in Delhi, and Guru Har Krishan helped the people suffering from these diseases by giving aid and fresh water from the well at this house. After he passed away on March 30, 1664 Raja Jai Singh constructed a small tank over the well. Its water is now honored as healing properties. Sikh Devotes from around the world come here and takes the water back to their home.
The beautiful structure of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib with a golden dome welcomes you with religious music being played throughout the vicinity continuously. Inside the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the main hall is kept simple, except for the open central shrine, covered by a small golden dome sporting a sculpted bronze cupola. There is a pond inside the Gurudwara known as Sarovar whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as “Amrit”. Devotes considered its water have miraculous powers of curing the sick. Inside the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib complex, there is a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library and a hospital.
Before entering the shrine, devotes take a holy dip in sarover and pray to Guru. The birth of Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib and death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singhji is celebrated here at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib every year with great reverence. Like all other Sikh Gurudwaras concept of free food (Langar) is practiced where all the people regardless of race or religion may eat in the Gurdwara kitchen (langar hall). The food is prepared in the Gurudwara Kitchen, Langar Hall. Inside Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, visitors are requested to cover their hair and not to wear shoes. Head Scarves are available there and a shoe-minding service can be found inside the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib compound. There are people who works here as volunteer and help in preparing the food, distribute it, cleans the utensils. There is no room for cast, creed and status in the Gurudwara as people volunteer to help others, they clean the compound, work in Langar Hall, Shoe Minding room etc.
A must visit place to offer your prayers or simply to enjoy the tranquility of this place.