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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, dedicated to Guru Shri Harkishan, the eighth Sikh Guru, has an immense sacred value for Sikh Community. The history of this Gurudwara is quite rich. It is said that Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was mainly a Bungalow (Haveli) used by Mirza Raja Jai Singh, a well-known military leader of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. In its initial days, it was called as Jaisinghpura Palace but later known as Bangla Sahib. During the tenure of Mirza Raja Jai Singh of Amber (Jaipur) in 1664, the Eighth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Har Kishan Sahib used to stay here as a guest and later offered treatment to the people suffering from smallpox and cholera. During the process of providing treatment, Guru Harkishan himself suffered from small pox that became the cause of his death. He took his last breath at the age of 7 years on March 30, 1664. The well from which he used to offer water to the people is now revered as having medicinal properties and is called “sarovar”.
It was a Palace in Guru Har Kishan times but was made into a small gurudwara by Sikh military leader Baghel Singh who also captured Red Fort during the tenure of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II.
Located in the heart of Delhi i.e. Connaught Place, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a notable golden dome with a sculpted bronze cupola and also a tall flagpole called as Nishan Sahib. It is mainly situated at the roundabout following between Ashoka Road and Baba Kharag Singh Marg.
The complex of Gurudwara is quite big and has a community kitchen hall, higher secondary school, charitable dispensary, library, museum and a multilevel parking. Kitchen of the Gurudwara is commonly known as ‘Langar’ where food is served to the devotees throughout the day. The whole atmosphere in the complex remains quite peaceful and holy with Gurbani (devotional music) that is played throughout the day. The most attractive feature of the Gurudwara is the ‘Sarovar’, meaning a pond. The water of Sarovar, called as ‘Amrit’, has a very significant value for the devotees. It’s not just the Sikh Community, but people of all religion come to worship the name of God here. While entering into the Gurudwara, every devotee has to cover his or her head properly.
How to Reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Reaching Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is quite easy. De-board Delhi metro either at Rajiv Chowk or Patel Chowk and then take a bus or walk around one kilometre to reach this holy place. The nearest railway station is New Delhi.
Metro Connectivity and Location
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is located on Gol Dak Khana (circular Post Office, which is also the GPO) in Connaught Place area. It is situated between Baba Kharag Singh Marg and Ashoka Road.
Patel Chowk on Yellow Line and Shivaji Stadium on Orange Line are the two closest stations on two different lines of Delhi Metro.
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