Known for its association with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent religious as well as tourist places in Delhi. It was built by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783. Operating for all 24 hours, the Gurudwara is an example of the large-hearted nature of Sikhs. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Delhi, a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib rejuvenates your soul.
Location - Ashoka Road, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi - 110001
Situated in the Chandi Chowk area of Old Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one of the most visited gurudwaras in Delhi. Built in 1783 by Baghel Singh (military general in the Punjab cantonment), it is the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru- Guru Tegh Bahadur. The Sikh Guru was executed on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the 11th of November 1675 as he refused to convert his religion to Islam.
Location - Chandni Chowk Rd, Maliwara, Chatta Pratap, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Situated in Mehrauli, near the Qutub Minar, this gurudwara marks the site of the Sikh martyr Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Ji. He was tortured to death by the Mughals in an ugly, vile and intolerable manner, along with his son and 40 other Sikhs on 28th April 1719. His name has gone down illustriously in Sikh history for his fearless gallantry. One of the iconic gurudwaras in Delhi, a fair is held here at Vaisakhi each year.
Location - Behind Qutab Minar, Mehrauli Village, New Delhi - 110016
Named after Guru Gobind Singh Ji's wife, Gurdwara Mata Sundri is the site where Mata Sundri Ji breathed her last in 1747. This place is a shrine in her loving memory, where she stayed in Delhi after Guru Gobind Singh Ji left for Deccan. Post Guru Ji’s demise, Mata Sundri led and nurtured the Sikhs for 40 years. She was highly respected by the Sikhs, and they turned to her for guidance. Mata Sundri’s body was cremated at Gurdwara Bala Sahib Ji.
Location - Mata Sundri Women’s College, Mandi House, New Delhi- 110002
Located at the crematory grounds of Guru Harkrishan Singh Ji, the 8th Guru of Sikhs, and Mata Sundri stands Gurdwara Bala Sahib. Bala Sahib was conferred with becoming a Guru at the age of 5 by succeeding his father, Guru Har Rai Ji. He is known for his healing touch which aided a lot of sufferers of cholera and smallpox in Delhi. Gurudwara Bala Sahib is located on the banks of River Yamuna in Delhi
Location - Bhagwan Nagar Chowk, Hari Nagar Ashram, New Delhi - 110014
When Guru Gobind Singh Ji came to Delhi for the first time in 1707, the site of Gurudwara Moti Bagh Sahib was the place he and his army stopped at. It is said that it’s from this place that Guru Gobind Singh Ji shot two arrows in the direction of Prince Muazzam (later Bahadur Shah), son of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who was sitting on his throne at the Red Fort. This sacred gurdwara in Delhi is made in pure white marble. Free langar is served here at all times.
Location - Ring Road, Nanak Pura, Moti Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
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Gurudwara Damdama Sahib marks the meeting site of Guru Gobind Singh Ji with Bahadur Shah in 1707, erstwhile Prince Muazzam, son of Aurangzeb. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was treated with utmost respect, admiration and regard by Bahadur Shah, and also received an honour by the Mughal army. The Gurdwara was built in 1783 by Sardar Baghel Singh Ji and was later made to renovate under Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s rule. Throng of devotees visit Gurudwara Damdama Sahib each year to celebrate the Holla Mohalla festival.
Location - Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi - 110013
Gurdwara Rakab Ganj marks the spot where Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s headless body was cremated on 11th November 1675. He is famously known as “Hind Di Chadar” or “The Shield of India” for he gave up his life to expose the cruelties of the Mughals for the greater good of the nation and for reserving the religious rights of the people. One of the most significant gurudwaras in Delhi, it is made largely of white marble.
Location - Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, Pandit Pant Marg, New Delhi - 110001
Located at the top of the Yamuna River is Gurdwara Majnu ka Tilla. It is named after a man Abdulla, who was also called Majnu (crazy). He met Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 1505. Majnu used to ferry people across the river without any charge and in the name of God. Guru Ji was very impressed by Majnu’s devotion. He blessed Majnu and stayed at the Tilla for some time after that. The Gurdwara was built by Sardar Baghel Singh in 1783 to mark the stay of the 1st Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the 6th Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji, at different times in history.
Location - Chandni Chowk Road, Maliwara, Chatta Pratap, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi - 110006
Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib is built where Guru Nanak Dev Ji camped in 1505 during Sultan Sikander Shah Lodhi’s rule in Delhi. During Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s stay, he started serving food and water to passers-by. Piao means to offer something to drink, and Guru Nanak Dev Ji, along with his disciple Mardana, derived great pleasure in serving people who were in need. They even set up a deep well from which they would serve water to people, and it became a very popular site. Guru Ji’s death anniversary is also observed at Gurdwara Nanak Piao.
Location - Grand Trunk Karnal Road, NH 1, Rana Pratap Bagh, New Delhi- 110033
All these Gurudwaras are recognised as important places in Sikh history, and if you are visiting Delhi, it is fairly easy to cover a couple of them in a day. Don’t forget to thrill your taste buds with the delicious Karah Prasad that is served at Gurdwaras and Langar, the free community meal.
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