Location: The jewel like religious hub of Sikh religion namely ‘Gurudwara Bangla Sahib’ is situated near Connaught Place, New Delhi.

Year of construction: This holy place of Sikhs was originally built as Bungalow in 1664 and then, revamped in 1783. The current structure of the Gurudwara was shaped post 1947 mostly.

History:

  • Basically, the architectural structure of Gurudwara was constructed as a ‘Bungalow’ of ‘Raja Jai Singh’ (an Indian king of the 17th century). At that time, this structure was known as ‘Jaisinghpura Palace’. The region used to be regarded as ‘Jaisingh Pura’ that was demolished for bridging way to the Cannaught Place shopping district.

  • This monument was a resident of the eighth Sikh Guru ‘Guru Har Krishan’ in 1664. During that span, there was an outbreak of epidemics such as smallpox and cholera. The Sikh guru acted as an ‘aide’ to the sufferers by providing fresh water drawn from the holy well at his house. Soon after, he himself fell the victim of the disease and consequently, died on March 30 in 1664. Now, the water of the well is believed to be sanctified and scared and hence regarded as ‘Amrit’. Thus, people from all over the world take this holy water to their home due to having healing attributes of this water.

  • Since then, the Gurudwara and its Sarovar (pond) have been scattering immense reverence for Sikhs and other religion people.

Structure:

  • Architectural style: Sikh Architecture

  • Dome: The semi-circular roof of the Gurudwara appears exquisite ‘Domed’ structure to which splendor is added by stunning golden leafs.

  • Flagpole: A tall flagpole, known as Nishan Sahib, is erected in the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

  • Grounds:  The expansive ground of Gurudwara has various separate sections such as the temple, a large pond (Sarovar) and am art gallery.

  • Gurudwara Kitchen: As it’s a traditional trend in Sikh culture to arrange the ‘Langar’ (a grand feast) cooked by gursikhs voluntarily.

  • Customs to be followed by the visitors: It’s requisite custom to move in the premise of Gurudwara with the veiled or covered head, men by handkerchief and women by Dupatta or any other drape.

  • Volunteer services: There are numerous men-of virtue who provide volunteer assistant to foreigners and visitors unfamiliar with the Sikh tradition & customs via shoe-minding, sweeping the area, guiding the people etc. free of any charge.

  • Complex: The structure of this Gurudwara accommodates space to a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library and a hospital.

  • Amenities: The entire building structure of Gurudwara is equipped with basic amenities along with some extraordinary ones, such as installation of Air condition, toilets, multi-parking space, a ‘Yatri Niwas’ and a beautiful backdrop picturesque view to give a better rear view.