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A Personal Visit To Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
About Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara in India means a Sikh place of worship or a Sikh temple. On a recent trip to New Delhi I, along with my wife and her brother-in-law, decided to visit one historical Sikh temple called Gurudwara Bangla Sahib located at Connaught place, in New Delhi.
(Sahib is thus written and spoken, as a form of respect to someone of high authority. Sikhs, therefore, call their Holy book as Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Granth Sahib is considered a living Guru; a living entity).
All Sikh gurudwaras are constructed in the Sikh architectural style with domes. A tall flagpole called Nishan Sahib is installed in the Gurudwara complex of all gurudwaras.
[Nishan means a symbol and Nishan Sahib symbolizes the presence of a Sikh Gurudwara. It is actually a triangular flag bearing an emblem and made of cotton or silk cloth. It is mounted on a wooden or metal pole and installed in the gurudwara complex]
The main building has golden domes atop it. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is associated with the eighth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Harkrishan Sahib.
There is a Sarovar (pond) in the Gurudwara complex. All sarovars inside the gurudwaras are considered holy and their water is called "Amrit" or "nectar". Amrit has healing powers.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow that was first completed in 1664. The word Bangla means bungalow. It was then rebuilt in 1783 by the Sikh General, Sardar Baghel Singh. The present form of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib took shape after India attained independence.
History Of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Bangla Sahib was the bungalow of an Indian King, Raja Jai Singh, and it was then known as Jaisinghpura Palace located in an area called Jaisingh Pura. Today this area is called Connaught place which is a famous shopping place in New Delhi.
The 8th Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishan Sahib stayed at this bungalow in 1664. When an epidemic of smallpox and cholera struck the city of Delhi back then, Guruji tended to the sick and provided medicines, food and water from this place. Due to his proximity with sick people, Guruji contracted smallpox soon after. He succumbed to it on 30 March 1664. He was just 7 years old at the time of his death and was the youngest amongst all Sikh Gurus to have been appointed Guru at the age of 5 years.
A Sarovar or pond was constructed at the place of the well from where water was provided to the sick people then. This Sarovar water is healing in nature and people who visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib take this holy water back home, with them.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is thus a very much revered Gurudwara of historical and religious significance.
Today, within the Gurudwara complex, apart from the main worship building, a Sarovar, a community kitchen, a school, an art gallery/museum, a library and a hospital exist.
A new multi-level car parking has been built recently. The Gurudwara hall and the Langar (community kitchen) hall have been air-conditioned.
The community kitchen is open to people of all religions, rich or poor. While in the entire Gurudwara complex, including the community kitchen, people are supposed to cover their heads with a handkerchief, scarf or headgear and walk barefoot out of reverence to the sanctity of the place. There is a shoe minding room at the entrance where one leaves one's footwear before proceeding inside.
Some Tourist Attractions Near Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
A few places of tourist interest around Gurudwara Bangla Sahib can be clubbed with the visit to the Sikh temple. The following are a few prominent ones.
During the Mughal rule, Jantar Mantar was an astronomical laboratory. Maharaja Jai Singh who was a great mathematician built this. The observatory relayed the time and the solar and lunar movements then.
Janpath is one of the main markets of New Delhi. It is adjacent to Palika Bazaar. It also houses the Janpath market which is very price friendly and is thus frequented by budget travellers and tourists
One can find curios, garments, handicrafts etc along with many fast food outlets in Janpath market.
It is an underground shopping complex. Lots of cheap stuff like apparels, electronic products, footwear etc can be bought cheaply here. Explore your bargaining power and get good deals here.
Connaught place is officially named as Rajiv chowk and is one of the biggest commercial, business and financial hubs in Delhi. Several Indian firms have their head offices here.
Way To Reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
The nearest metro station is Rajiv Chowk. Catch a taxi, autorickshaw or a cycle rickshaw to reach the gurudwara.
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Accommodation Around Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
One can stay in the Yatri Niwas run by the Gurudwara or stay in some hotels mentioned below that are near the Gurudwara. All are located around and in Connaught place.
- The Park- A 5* Hotel
- Apartment 52 - About 300 meters from the Rajiv Chowk metro station
- Hotel Asian International - A budget-friendly hotel
- The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa - An upscale hotel with innovative design, modern technology and eco-friendly practices
- Connaught Hotel - A business class hotel
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Kajjapu Srinath on May 13, 2015:
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Mehar on January 20, 2015:
Can people stay there at night??
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 01, 2013:
A Visit To Gurudwara Bangla Sahib - New Delhi, India informative, educational and so well researched hub on this topic. Sounds a beautiful place to visit
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 16, 2013:
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 15, 2013:
A great guide - I especially like the photos! Good job as always.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 14, 2013:
I'm glad this hub on Bangla Sahib revealed some hitherto unknown facts to you. Thanks for appreciating the fact.
Welcome to Hubpages and I hope to read a variety of articles from you.
Leena from new delhi on September 14, 2013:
hi, i'm from delhi and you have mentioned facts which even I as a sikhni was not aware of.....great research and history...5 0n 5.
I 've recently joined HP and really enjoyed this post.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 18, 2012:
TT glad you liked this virtual visit. Thanks for the vote and share.
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 18, 2012:
Wow, Rajan, what a fascinating place! I would love to visit! Hopefully someday! Voted up and shared. :)
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 13, 2012:
I agree with you sweetie. Indeed it is a very calming and spiritually lifting atmosphere in there. Thanks for visiting.
sweetie1 from India on November 12, 2012:
Rajan I have been to Bangla Sahib as well as to Shishgang gurudwara and I must say both are very relaxing and very magnificent.
Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 12, 2012:
Sorry for the delay in acknowledging your comments, guys as I was away on a holiday.
@ Pablo - thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures as well.
@ viewfinders - thanks. Glad you liked the info.
@ rcrumple - thanks buddy. appreciate your visit and comments. I do hope you get an opportunity to visit this historic Gurudwara.
@ Carol - thanks for always supporting my write up irrespective... Very much appreciated.
@ Bill - Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thanks.
@ Jools - nice to learn that I provided you with information that you can use now. Thanks for your precious input. I'm really thankful. Thanks for the read.
@ Lady_E - I do hope you get to visit it soon. Thanks for coming by.
@ Ruchira - thanks for visiting. glad you like the info about the history of Bangla sahib.
@ Aurelio - It costs just around a $ in your currency to get there. Thanks for the read, votes and sharing.
@ algarview - thanks for reading and sharing. Much appreciated.
@ shiningirisheyes - thanks for the comments. In fact both the comments. Being on a holiday, I had limited access to the computer, hence the delay in replying to comments. I'm glad you enjoy Indian food and find our culture interesting. Many thanks and much appreciated.
@ Peggy - oh yes the work of adding gold leaf is still on. I'm glad you like these historic and other exploratory jaunts of mine. Thank you so much. For the sharing and giving 5 star rating too, my friend.
@ Dora - I'm glad you find these hubs interesting and useful. Many thanks.
@ Mycee - Thanks for the 5 star rating and reading as well.
Life Under Construction from Neverland on November 10, 2012:
i have rated 5 stars! I really enjoyed it
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 09, 2012:
Thanks for the wonderful sights, especially Gurudwara Bangla Sahib at night. Very good descriptions. Quite a stay-at -home -travel treat!
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 08, 2012:
Rajan - I am having some difficulty with my system. I left a comment earlier but it disappeared. I enjoyed this interesting journey. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib - New Delhi, India sounds like a fantastic part of the globe. Beautiful ancient culture.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2012:
What a gorgeous Sikh temple is the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib! And it appears that they are still adding gold leaf to the inside of it. Your photos added so much by way of visual appeal. I liked learning about these other sites as well. Gave this 5 stars, up votes and will share.
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 08, 2012:
I have always held great fascination and appreciation for your beautiful faith-filled culture and homeland.
But I must confess, the delicious dishes originating from your part of the world are my favorite. My sisters boyfriend treats us to many dishes from his homeland and I have yet to taste one I did not completely devour.