FAMOUS GURUDWARAS IN DELHI. If you need to find your inner peace, gurdwaras are without any doubt the place that should be on the top of your list. The serenity here combined with the soothing Gurbani is something to be cherished. But did you know all of these famous holy sites have a history attached to them? Yep, so, we decided to make a list of some of the historically significant gurdwaras in the city that have been around for decades if not more. Here’s a list of 10 such holy sites in the city with a deep history that you may not have known about. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
1. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
One of the famous pilgrimage sites for Sikhs in the city, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was constructed on the site where Sri Guru Harkrishan Ji spent several months. This was also the time when smallpox was prevalent worldwide, so Guru Sahib dipped his holy feet in the water and poured charan amrit into a small chaubacha (tank) and everyone who drank from this tank was cured of their sickness. Hence, even today people come from near and far to take a dip in the water here, in the hope of curing themselves of all their physical ailments.
Where | Gurdwara Bangla Sahib – Hanuman Road Area, C.P.
2. Gurdwara Sis Ganj
It is believed that the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded here and therefore the term ‘sis’ literally translates to ‘head’. It was built in 1783 by Sikh military leader Baghel Singh and is visited by devotees from around the country and afar. Did you know that the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army salutes the Gurdwara Sis Ganj after saluting the president of India since 1979? Yep, this makes it the only army regiment saluting twice in the Republic Day parade.
Where | Gurdwara Sis Ganj Saheb – Chandni Chowk Rd, Maliwara, Chatta Pratap, Chandni Chowk
3. Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib
This gurdwara is situated near Dhaula Kuan and it is believed that Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji camped with his army at this site. The pristine white holy site is made from pure white marbles and frequented by devotees from around the city & is maintained by them as well. It is one of the most important sites for the community in the city and the building is an architectural marvel. So, if you still haven’t visited this site, you ought to and we are sure you will be able to find your inner peace.
Where | Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib – 69, St 1, Moti Gaon
4. Gurdwara Shri Rakab Ganj Sahib
Located opposite the Parliament House, this holy site is also dedicated to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. When he was beheaded in Chandni Chowk, it was here that his body was brought and was cremated by setting the house on fire to avoid detection. Today, there stands a Gurdwara dedicated to him on this very site and people throng to this place in search. It was also built in 1783 by Baghel Singh, however, the present building was completed in the year 1967-68.
Where | Gurdwara Shri Rakab Ganj Sahib – Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, Pandit Pant Marg
5. Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib
It was at this site that Guru Nanak camped back in the year 1505 when he visited Delhi. It is believed that Guru Sahib transformed a well in the midst of the garden into a piao sahib. And so, it was here where tired travellers would get water and a free kitchen. It was also built in the year 1783 and the current building was probably built after 1947. So, you should definitely make it a point to visit this place.
Where | Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib – Grand Trunk Karnal Road, NH 1, New, Rana Pratap Bagh
6. Gurdwara Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
This Gurdwara is devoted to Guru Banda Singh Bahadur Ji. It is believed that it was at this site where Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji, his four-year-old son Ajai Singh along with forty Sikhs were tortured to death by the Mughals. This place has been built in their memory to celebrate their relentless bravery. Did you know this shrine is thronged by thousands of devotees during the festival of Baisakhi?
Where | Gurdwara Baba Banda Singh Bahadur – 1/1, Govindpuri
7. Gurdwara Mata Sundri Ji
The next site is also supposed to be one of the major landmarks for the Sikh community. Mata Sundri is considered to be the first wife of Guru Gobind Singh and it is believed that it was at this site where she lived half of her life. Hence the gurdwara had been raised in her loving memory to commemorate her. She is also believed to have helped the community in transition during a tumultuous time and so, the gurdwara is now constructed at the site which was earlier called Mata Sundri Haveli.
Where | Gurdwara Mata Sundri Ji – Mata Sundri Women’s College, Mandi House
8. Gurdwara Damdama Sahib
Devoted to the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, this gurdwara stands near Humayun’s Tomb. It is believed that it was here that the Guru Sahib’s army had a meeting with Emperor Bahadur Shah. At first, built as a small gurdwara by Bhagel Singh, it was later in the year 1984 when the new building was constructed. Thousands of devotees assemble here annually to celebrate Hola Mohalla.
Where | Gurdwara Damdama Sahib – Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin East
9. Gurdwara Shri Bala Sahib
This Gurdwara is devoted to Shri Guru Harkrishan Ji. During his visit to Delhi, when he got very sick serving the people with smallpox, it was at this site that he was cremated when he left for his heavenly abode. Plus, it was at this place where the last rites of At this place last rites of Mata Sunder Kaur Ji & Mata Sahib Kaur Ji were also performed. This makes it one of the most revered sites for devotees.
Where | Gurdwara Shri Bala Sahib – Shyam Rd, Pocket A, Sidhartha Nagar
10. Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla Sahib
It is one of the oldest shrines for the community and the area Majnu Ka Tilla was named by Guru Nanak Ji. The gurdwara is built to commemorate Guru Nakt to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Har Gobind Singh ji, as they both stay at this site. The present building was built in the 1980s but the first gurdwara was built here in 1783 by Baghel Singh.
Where | Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla Sahib – New Chandrawal, Civil Lines
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