A gurudwara is a place where Sikhs worship. Among the most beautiful gurdwaras is the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib present in Delhi. It is one of the most holy and serene places in Delhi. The Gurudwara is famous for its connection with the eighth sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan.
Location: Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, Delhi – 110001
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk Metro Station on Blue Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Bus Stand
Entry Timings: Open 24 hours all seven days of the week
What is the historical significance of Bangla Sahib?
The Gurudwara was earlier the palace of Raja Jai Singh where Guru Har Krishan had stayed for some time. Guru Har Krishan had been summoned by Aurangzeb as suggested by Ram Rai, the elder brother of Guru Ar Krishan, who wanted to be the Guru after the death of Guru Har Rai.
Therefore, Guru Har Krishan came to Delhi and stayed at the bungalow of Raja Jai Singh and started serving the patients suffering from cholera and smallpox. Guru Har Krishan died in 1664 because of the same disease.
The Gurudwara can be recognised from quite a distance because of its shiny and beautiful golden dome and the Nishan Sahib(Sikh triangular flag made of cotton or silk cloth). Nishan means ‘Symbol’ in English.
What are some rules that you must follow in the Gurudwara?
Take off your shoes
As soon as you enter the Gurudwara, the first thing you need to do is take off your shoes and socks (because you are not allowed to wear any shoes inside the premises) and submit them into the shoe-minding room. Anybody who is interested in ‘sewa’ can volunteer to do collect the shoes. You can see the Sikhs of all classes doing this work waiting in line for their turn to collect and distribute the shoes. The floors of the Gurudwara are fairly clean so that you can roam the premises bare foot.
Cover your head
It is also mandatory to cover your head in a Gurudwara. You will find scarf in many places so that you can cover your head with it and while leaving the Gurudwara you can place it back.
What things are of religious importance in Bangla Sahib?
There is also a pond(sarovar) in the premises, and its water is considered holy by the Sikhs and they believe that the water can heal any disease because Guru Har Krishan had cured people suffering from cholera and smallpox with the water from this pond. The pond is now a place for a lot of small fishes.
Guru Granth Sahib
Inside the gurudwara, there is a platform where the Guru Granth Sahib is placed. The platform on which the Guru Granth Sahib is placed at a significant height from the floor. The Ragis sing and explain chants from the Guru Granth Sahib.
Inside the premises there is a kitchen where ‘langar’ or food is prepared by Gursikhs and some volunteers. Some volunteers serve the food to the people who visit the Gurudwara. It is mandatory that you do not leave any leftover food in the plate
Inside the premises there is also a school, art gallery, library, hospital and a museum.
Why should you visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara?
If you are a person with strong beliefs in religions and God, it is a place that you must visit for exploring more about Sikhism. If you are not a religious person, you should still visit this place to see its grandeur and for inner peace.