Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh (religion) Gurudwara (place of worship). It is known for its association with 8th Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan. Located in Connaught Place, it was first completed in the year 1664. However, it was renovated in the year 1783. What we see today has been built post 1947 – year of Independence of India.
The story behind Gurudwara Bangla Sahib goes like this – it is said that the 8th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji, stayed here in this Palace in the year 1664. He is said to have helped suffering from epidemic . Gurusahib passed away in the end suffering from the same epidemic disease. The water tank inside the Gurudwara is considered to have medicinal properties due to the blessings of Guru Sahib Ji.
The complex of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib includes a large holy pond, temple, a kitchen, a school and a huge art gallery. As practiced in all Gurudwaras all over the world, here too Langar (holy vegetarian food) is practised. The food in these langars is prepared by Gurusikhs who work in gurudwara. Volunteers are always welcome to help in serving food to the devotees. Generally, Hindus from any religion are welcome inside Gurudwara and no discrimination is made in their coming inside and praying. Inside the complex, a detailed white marble work is done in the entire place. Bangla Sahib looks really beautiful from a distance with a perfect combination of white building and Golden dome. The structure is huge and it can take half day to see the entire place in one go.
Generally there is separate line for men and women as you close by the main temple. Women with small kids (below 5 years) of age are given preference over others. While standing in the queue one can find volunteer devotees offering drinking water which is safe to drink. One can easily find people chanting holy hymns while standing in the queue and also taking the name of revered Guru in loud voices! It’s a normal practice.
Inside Gurudwara, there is a Higher Secondary School and Baba Baghel Museum, a hospital and a library. There is also a Yatri Niwas for devotees who come from outside Delhi and a huge library which has a huge collection of religious books.
Open : 05:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All days of a week
Entry Fee : Nil
Camera : Not Allowed (One can be asked to deposit mobile phones at the entrance of Bangla Sahib itself).
Nearest Metro Station : Rajiv Chowk Gate No. 1
Way to reach : Hire a cab or Auto rickshaw
Travellers Advice : It is required that one covers their head and wear full body covering clothes while visiting Gurudwara. One can have Langar but throwing or leaving food in platter is considered an insult to the Guru. So, it is advised, if you are having food inside Gurudwara, take only the amount which you can consume and not more than that!