A Visit To Gurudwara Bangla Sahib - New Delhi, India

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.


A Personal Visit To Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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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 small pox 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.

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The main Gurudwara (sikh temple) buildingAs one enters the main Gurudwara hall, one bows before the Holy Book placed right in front.The bards singing religious hyms.Work on putting gilded covering on the pillars in progress as can be seen in the scaffoldings being erected for the purpose.The room where the Holy book "Guru Granth Sahib" is laid to rest for the night.The board near the sarovar outlining the safety and other rules to be followed here.The Sarovar (Pond), which was built on the site of the well which was the source of water during the small pox & cholera epidemic in 1664 AD.
The main Gurudwara (sikh temple) building
The main Gurudwara (sikh temple) building | Source
As one enters the main Gurudwara hall, one bows before the Holy Book placed right in front.
As one enters the main Gurudwara hall, one bows before the Holy Book placed right in front. | Source
The bards singing religious hyms.
The bards singing religious hyms. | Source
Work on putting gilded covering on the pillars in progress as can be seen in the scaffoldings being erected for the purpose.
Work on putting gilded covering on the pillars in progress as can be seen in the scaffoldings being erected for the purpose. | Source
The room where the Holy book "Guru Granth Sahib" is laid to rest for the night.
The room where the Holy book "Guru Granth Sahib" is laid to rest for the night. | Source
The board near the sarovar outlining the safety and other rules to be followed here.
The board near the sarovar outlining the safety and other rules to be followed here. | Source
The Sarovar (Pond), which was built on the site of the well which was the source of water during the small pox & cholera epidemic in 1664 AD.
The Sarovar (Pond), which was built on the site of the well which was the source of water during the small pox & cholera epidemic in 1664 AD. | Source

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.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib at night - a view from the sarovar
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib at night - a view from the sarovar | Source

Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar | Source
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar | Source
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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.


Jantar Mantar



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

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JanpathHandicraft shop on Janpath
Janpath
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Handicraft shop on Janpath
Handicraft shop on Janpath | Source

Janpath


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.

Palika Bazaar

Entrance of Palika Bazaar
Entrance of Palika Bazaar | Source

Palika Bazaar



It is an underground shopping complex. Lots of cheap stuff like apparels,electronic products, footwear etc can be bought cheap here. Explore your bargaining power and get good deals here.

Connaught Place

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skyline at connaught placeview of connaught place from a high rise rotating restaurantconnaught place on a busy weekdayshops lining the inner connaught circle at night
skyline at connaught place
skyline at connaught place | Source
view of connaught place from a high rise rotating restaurant
view of connaught place from a high rise rotating restaurant | Source
connaught place on a busy weekday
connaught place on a busy weekday | Source
shops lining the inner connaught circle at night
shops lining the inner connaught circle at night | Source

Connaught Place






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


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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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wonderful photos and great information. The buildings are beautiful. Your Hub is the next best thing to a visit!


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Night Magic 4 years ago from Canada

Interesting article.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ rebeccamealey - Nice to know you like the info. Thanks for the many compliments. Appreciate the visit and comments.

@ Night Magic - thanks for visiting.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a beautiful temple. Thanks for sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for visiting, flashmakeit. Glad you enjoyed.


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Your hub is great. But pictures are absolutely tremendous! I enjoyed reading this.


viewfinders 4 years ago

wonderful photos and great explanations.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Another interesting hub about a place I'd truly love to visit. Great photos, too! Great job, my friend!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Since we cannot get there in the near future...I love getting the birds eye view of all the wonderful places you feature. The photos are beautiful, as always. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful history. Voting UP++++


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I never get tired of your reviews and tours, Rajan! I learn so much from you. Thank you my friend; maybe one day I will be able to visit these great places.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Rajan, interesting hub with great photos. I love these rather grand buildings in India and I am determined to visit the country sometime. My friend is a Sikh and her husband is called Amrit! Now I can tell her I know what his name means :o)


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful place. After visiting Taj Mahal, that will be my next stop.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Great history behind this gurdwara.

Thanks for an interesting read. Voted up


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Beautiful structure especially at night. What is the cost to get from the metro station to the gurudwara by taxi? It's useful to know the rough price, so visitors don't get ripped off. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hello, such a beautiful Temple and your article is full of interesting information. Loved the photos. Voted up and sharing. Have a great day!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

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.

Blessings to you and your loved ones.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

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.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

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.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the wonderful sights, especially Gurudwara Bangla Sahib at night. Very good descriptions. Quite a stay-at -home -travel treat!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i have rated 5 stars! I really enjoyed it


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

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.


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Rajan I have been to Bangla Sahib as well as to Shishgang gurudwara and I must say both are very relaxing and very magnificent.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I agree with you sweetie. Indeed it is a very calming and spiritually lifting atmosphere in there. Thanks for visiting.


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Wow, Rajan, what a fascinating place! I would love to visit! Hopefully someday! Voted up and shared. :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

TT glad you liked this virtual visit. Thanks for the vote and share.


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fivesenses 3 years ago from new delhi

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.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Leena,

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.

Goodluck.


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

A great guide - I especially like the photos! Good job as always.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, Crystal.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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


Mehar 22 months ago

Can people stay there at night??


lk 19 months ago

Very good


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Kajjapu Srinath 19 months ago

"http://top5news.in/tourist-destinations-in-north-i..." Gurudwara bangla sahib is a pilgrimage for all religions and regions.

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