Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Weather :

Timings : Open 24 hours

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Free

Best Time to Visit : Avoid peak afternoon time as the marble flooring tend to get hot

Photography : Not allowed inside the campus. Selfies are strictly prohibited

Dress Code : Dress modestly
Keeping the head covered is important, and headscarves are available in a basket at the entrance for free

Community Meals or Langar Timings : Timings: 9 AM to 3 PM
7 PM to 10 PM
Cost: Free

Mobile Phones : Allowed

Parking : Available

Nearest Metro Station : Shivaji Stadium on Airport Line
Rajiv Chowk on Blue and Yellow Line (2.8 km)
Patel Chowk on Yellow Line (2 km)

Prior Darshan Booking : Not Required

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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi Overview

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a Sikh temple as well as tourist places in Delhi. Built to commemorate the visit Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru in 1664, this magnificent shrine was built by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. Operating for all 24 hours, the Gurudwara is an example of the large-hearted nature of Sikhs. This place of solace is flocked by more than a thousand people in one single day.

The complex of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a main prayer hall, a holy Sarovar or lake, higher secondary school, a hospital, Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a library within its premises. People visiting here get 'Kada Prasad' and free langar or 'community meals' are served at a particular time. Head needs to be covered while entering, shoes have to be deposited near the entrances and feet are washed in warm water before entering. It also has a 'Yatri Niwas' or House for tourists. The Paath and Shabads (the sacred chants) that go almost for 24 hours connects you directly to the divine power.

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Things to Do

1. You can attend the prayer services
2. Spend some quiet time along the banks of the Sarovar
3. You can also offer to help out in the community services and help in the kitchen, serve langar, serve water or help in managing shoes of devotees near the gate, volunteer to clean floor.
4. You can also go through the texts in the Gurudwara's library and learn more about the Sikh faith.
5. Have meals at the community kitchen or langar

Tips For Visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

1. Do not enter the Gurudwara bare head. You are strictly required to cover it.
2. Wear something which covers you completely from the shoulders to the area beneath the knees.
3. In summers, visit the Gurudwara either in the early morning or the evening as these premises are a bit cooler than the afternoon times.
4. Alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited.

Architecture of Bangla Sahib

The edifice of Bangla Sahib is a magnificent example of Sikh architecture. The entire building is carved out of delicate white marble, with the central dome covered in solid gold leaves. The front wall is embellished with intricated projected carvings and has several smaller domes as well.

The Nishan Sahib is a towering flagpole which proudly waves the Gurudwara's flag. The grounds of the Gurudwara has several structures within its boundaries, such as an art gallery, the communal kitchen, charitable hospital, a higher secondary school and even a 'Yatri Niwas' for tired pilgrims to relax and refresh themselves. The Gurudwara is also equipped with all amenities such as air conditioning, toilets and multi-parking space for the convenience of the visitors.

Langar at Bangla Sahib

Nobody sleeps hungry under the blessings of the divine soul. The Gurudwara has a Langar Hall, where meals are provided for all regardless of race, caste, gender or religion, and that too without any charges. You can also render your services to the Almighty by helping out in the langar kitchen, which is believed to be one of the most blessed prayer services in the shrine. Simple yet tasty lentils, Rotis and rice are served in the langar.

Festivals at Bangla Sahib

  1. Prakash Utsav: The yearly festivals begin with Prakash Utsav, which is a celebration of the birth of Guru Gobind Singh who was the tenth Sikh Guru.
  2. Baisakhi: A celebration of the harvest season is also celebrated here by thousands of believers.
  3. Guru Purab: The birth of Guru Nanak Dev and the birth anniversary of Guru Har Krishan are other major festivals celebrated here.

History of the Shrine

Bangla Sahib has important history attached to itself, and it is believed that the waters of the Sarovar here have miraculous healing properties. The Gurudwara was once a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh in the 17th century and was known as Jaisinghpura Palace at that time. When the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan visited Delhi in the year 1664, he stayed over at the palace itself. Due to an unforeseen turn of events, there was an outbreak of cholera and smallpox in the region which claimed a number of victims.

In accordance with the teachings of Sikhism, Guru Har Krishan dedicated his services to the suffering by giving fresh water from the well, the healing powers of which cured the diseased. Unfortunately, he contracted the same, as a result of which he died on March 30, 1664. Raja Jai Singh constructed a small tank over the waters of the well, and it is now believed to heal all kinds of diseases and health problems. It is taken away in bottles as souvenirs by devotees coming to Bangla Sahib from all over the world.

How To Reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

The Gurudwara is located in Connaught Place, also known as the heart of Delhi. One can easily reach here via Blue line as well as Yellow line metro. Step down at Rajiv Chowk if you are travelling by a blue line metro. Furthermore, take an auto-rickshaw to reach the Gurudwara which is 2.8 kilometres away from the station. Patel Chowk metro station is the nearest metro station on the Yellow line. It is situated at a distance of 2 kilometres from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. This attraction has a dedicated bus stop as well, so you can get off there and walk a distance of about 1 kilometre to reach your destination. Alternately, you can hire a cab to reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib as well.

Yatri Niwas (Room Facility)

Room facilities are available inside the premises
INR 1000 for AC Room
INR 800 for non AC Room
A huge hall is also available that can accommodate 500 people at once

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