Are you in Delhi and looking for a place to visit that’s not just a tourist spot, but also a place of solace and spiritual awakening? Look no further than Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a Sikh temple that’s bound to leave you mesmerized!
The Gurudwara was built in 1783 by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh to commemorate the visit of Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru, in 1664. It’s a stunning example of Sikh architecture, with delicate white marble, solid gold leaves covering the central dome, and intricate carvings adorning the front wall.
But that’s not all! The Gurudwara has so much to offer. You can attend prayer services, take a quiet stroll along the banks of the Sarovar, and even offer to help out in the community services like serving langar or managing shoes of devotees near the gate. Want to learn more about the Sikh faith? Check out the library with its vast collection of texts.
However, before you visit, remember to follow the dress code – cover your head and wear clothing that covers your shoulders to your knees. And leave the alcohol and tobacco at home, they’re strictly prohibited!
The Gurudwara’s history is also fascinating. Legend has it that the waters of the Sarovar have miraculous healing properties, thanks to Guru Har Krishan’s dedication to helping the suffering during a cholera outbreak in the area in 1664. Today, devotees come from all over the world to take away the water in bottles as souvenirs.
Getting to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is easy – it’s located in Connaught Place, the heart of Delhi. Take the Blue or Yellow metro line and get off at Rajiv Chowk or Patel Chowk, respectively. You can also hire a cab or take a bus to the dedicated bus stop and walk a short distance.