Gurudwaras In India For A Sacred Exploration

Gurudwaras in India

Gurudwaras In India are some of the most beautiful, sacred and kind places. The Sikh community is known to fully immerse themselves in the gurudwara proceedings and believe it is their holy duty to serve the community. This translates into a compassionate atmosphere at gurudwaras in India making them very peaceful places to visit.

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Here is the list of 23 Gurudwaras In India For A Sacred Exploration

1. Golden Temple - Most famous gurudwaras in India

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Also called Sri Harmandir Sahib or Swarna Mandir, the shrine was designed by Guru Arjan Sahib and its foundation laid by Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir ji of Lahore on 1st December 1588. One of the most spiritual gurudwaras in India, Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrines in Sikhism and is alive with religious fervour and sacredness. Serving as a symbol of brotherhood and equality, Golden Temple is visited by people from all over the world and in spite of the thousands of people visiting the temple, the only voice you will hear around you is silence interspersed with chants of the Sikh prayers.

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2. Hemkund Sahib

Nestled amid the Himalayan Ranges, Sri Hemkunt Sahib is a sacred pilgrimage revered by thousands of Sikhs every year. Adorned with beautiful scenic view, the holy gurudwara in India offers tranquility at such an altitude.

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3. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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Known for its association with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru, it is one of the most prominent religious gurudwaras in India. Sikhs are always open at heart hence the doors for the Gurudwara are open 24 hours. It has a 'Sarovar' inside it which is considered to be holy. The complex now has a main pray hall, higher secondary school, a hospital, Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a library. The white and golden constructed Gurudwara is high in spirits.


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4. Alamgir

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The village of Alamgir has situated around 10 km from the central city of Ludhiana. The highlight of this village is ShriManji Sahib Gurudwara, more commonly known as Alamgir Gurudwara. This place holds great significance in the historical background of Sikhism and is a scared gurudwara in India. The Gurudwara reflects yet another landmark in the life of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

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5. Manikaran Gurudwara

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Located hardly 15 minutes from Kasol, Manikaran Gurudwara lies deftly on the banks of Parvati River. It serves as a major pilgrim centre for Hindus and Sikhs and is a stunning gurudwara in India set amidst the Himalayas.

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6. Gurudwara Nada Sahib, Panchkula

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A religious place for Sikhs, Gurudwara Nada Sahib is located in Panchkula district almost 22km from Parwanoo. A holy gurudwara in India with significant past, houses a large courtyard as well as accommodation for pilgrims.

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7. Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib

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Dedicated to first Sikh Guru Nanak Devji, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib was established in year 1948. This gurudwara in India is situated at the foothill of Bidar; it is hardly 2 km away from the railway station covered easily by auto-rickshaw.

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8. Baoli Sahib

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Baoli Sahib is located near Nanak Sagar Dam on the banks of Ghaghar River about 2 km from Nanakmatta Gurudwara. As per the legend, the Yogis dried up the water in the whole area by their magical powers and challenged Nanak Dev ji to bring the water back.

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9. Ram Rai Gurudwara

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Established by 'Ram Rai', the eldest son of the seventh Guru of the Sikhs, Sri Har Rai ji in 17th Century, Ram Rai Gurudwara in Dehradun is one of the oldest Gurudwara and a popular pilgrimage center of the Sikh religion.

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10. Singh Sabha Gurudwara

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The Gurudwara was made to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Pushkar. This place is also known as the Guru Nanak Dharamshala.

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11. Nanakmatta Gurudwara

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Gurudwara Nanakmatta Sahib is a historical holy shrine for Sikhs which is visited by devotees in large number every month. In fact, the town is named after the Gurudwara. Prior to that, this gurudwara in India was devoted to Guru Gorakhnath and houses his followers Yogis or Siddhas. The belief is that the Yogis didn't let the commoners to become learned and used their occult powers to stop them. It was Guru Nanak ji who enlightened the Yogis to the way of meditation and salvation.

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12. Dera Baba Banda

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An old Gurudwara, Dere Baba Banda is dedicated to Baba Banda Bahadur who was one of the favorite Jathedars of Guru Gobind Singh. The walls are filled with pictures depicting the times of war and various important personnels of that time.

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13. Gurudwara Mata Kaulan

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Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is located on the edge of Kaulan reservoir, is named after Kaulan, a believer who was severely punished by the patriarchs, yet it failed to dissuade her.

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14. Bibeksar Sahib

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Bibeksar Sahib lying on the banks of Bibeksar Sarovar was constructed by Maharaja Renjith Singh. The place is famous as the congregation site of followers of 6th Sikh Guru, Hargobind Singh ji.

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15. Gurudwara Sahib, Chail

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This Gurudwara too, was constructed by the Maharaja of Patiala, and though the structure isn't exactly elaborate, it signifies religious importance for the locals. The Gurudwara is also surrounded by lush greenery like most of the places in the area.

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16. Bhai Dharam Singh Gurudwara

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It is a beautiful Gurudwara located in Saifpur village 2.5 km away from Hastinapur. This Gurudwara is considered to be one of the most holiest pilgrimage centers of the Sikh community.

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17. Gurudwara Sahib, Shimla

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This Gurudwara in India was constructed in the year 1907, at Padhawa hills. It is a small construction but the exquisite details in the interiors of the structure make it a must-visit for devotees and tourists alike.

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18. Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji

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This Gurudwara is an important religious center as well as a favorite tourist spot. Other than daily prayers and programmes, a special programme is held on the Sundays. The Gurudwara also offers accommodation facilities

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19. Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara

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This Gurudwara is mentioned in the 'Twelfth Guru Khalsa' by Giani Gian Sikh. A highly revered center for worship amongst Sikhs, this Gurudwara is believed to have been visited by the Guru Nanak with his five disciples.

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20. Nada Sahib

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Perched up on the Shivalik Hills, Nada Sahib is a Sikh Gurudwara frequented by thousands of North-Indians every day. It is situated on the banks of the Ghaggar river. It is said to be the halting place of Guru Gobind Singh while he was travelling after the Battle of Bhangani in 1688 from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib. It is a sure shot way to restore mental peace and soothe the tired soul if you do happen to be in Panchkula. Pay your respects, recite the 'hukumnama' of the day and don't miss the Langar. The worshipper count rises on the full-moon day (Pooranmashi) of every month at this gurudwara in India.

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21. Peepal Tree - Sri Baba Almast ji Sahib Gurudwara

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Almost every place in this area has an incredible story behind it, making it a very sacred place. It was under this dried Peepal Tree that Nanakji meditated turning it green with his holy powers.

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22. Doodh Wala Khuan

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This place has a very fascinating legend attached to it. Located near Nanakmatta Gurudwara, Doodh Wala Khuan means Well of Milk. The story goes as when Bhai Mardana expressed Nanakji about his wish for milk, Nanakji suggested him to ask from Yogis for their large number of cows they owned.

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23. Har Mandir Saheb (Patna Saheb Gurudwara)

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This Gurudwara was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in remembrance of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Patna being his birthplace. He was the 10th and the last Guru of Sikhs.

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