Visiting a place is one thing but exploring the different facets of a place which you’ve visited zillions of time is whole another thing! So, growing up in Delhi, I have visited the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib a lot of times. Each time I visit this place, I come with a distinct memory that stays fresh always! There’s something about this place you won’t find anywhere in the city. Visited the Gurudwara again this weekend with my friends.
The kind of serenity, peace, composure you find once you enter the main hall is unmatched. Located right in the middle of Delhi at the Delhi’s most visited place, Connaught Place, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is all about tranquility and peace. Removing our footwear at the entrance, we washed our hands, feet, and face before entering the Gurudwara complex. You have to cover your head before entering the Gurudwara. If you are not carrying anything, don’t worry, they’ve kept a lot of chunris at the entrance for devotees.
The tranquility inside the main hall is insurmountable. We sat there for 15-20 minutes listening to the holy chants and then exited the main hall to enter a queue that was formed to have the ‘Kada Prasad’ that was being distributed. Loaded with ghee and dry fruits, this prasad is really delicious. Next, we walked around the pond that is located right outside the main hall and sat there on the stairs for a few minutes.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is associated with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. The Gurudwara was first built in the form of a small shrine by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in the year 1783. During the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam, Sardar Bhagel Singh supervised construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi the same year.
The complex also houses a large Langar hall, Baba Baghel Singh museum, and a higher secondary school. You can also go on to have lunch at the Langar, which is worth experiencing. A new Yatri Niwas and parking facilities have also been constructed at the complex. You are free to volunteer for helping in shoe keeping and cleaning the Gurudwara premises as a token of gratitude to the one and only almighty.
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