City Monument - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Central Delhi

City Monument – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Central Delhi

Closer to the Heaven

Reflections of faith.

[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Built by a Sikh general in 1783, this gurudwara, or Sikh temple, has an expansive compound and a large sarovar (holy pond).

Dedicated to Guru Har Kishan, the eighth Sikh guru, it was so named because it is on the site of the bungalow of the Mughal noble Mirza Raja Jai Singh, where the guru stayed during a visit to Delhi in 1664.

The gold-plated dome reflects beautifully in the rippling pond, which teems with goldfish.

A corridor, skirting the pond’s entire length, has a small white dome on each corner. Up the stairs from the pond is a marbled courtyard with a nishan sahib, a tall flagpole that marks every gurudwara. This traditional symbol of Sikh identity is draped in a saffron cloth and topped by a two-edged dagger, and worshippers flock to pay respects to it.

Inside the prayer hall raagis (musicians) sing with their harmoniums and tablas all day long, as a priest fans the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib. Devotees sit cross-legged, lost in their own thoughts. The hall’s upper floor has glass-paneled cabins where scholars read the holy book.

The gurudwara’s famous langar (kitchen) offers puffy rotis, earthy daal, subzi and piping hot kheer at a sit-down meal at regular intervals.

Where Opposite Gol Dak Khana, near Connaught Place Nearest Metro Station Patel Chowk Open 24 hours

The company of Sikhs

The Company of Sikhs

Daily pilgrims

Worshipping Wahe Guru

Can you see God?

Can You See God?

Pure like him

Pure Like Him

By the pond

Pure Like Him

Family women

Pure Like Them

Color me yellow

Pure Like Him

In you we trust

Pure Like Them


Pure Like Them

Guru’s people

Pure Like Them


Pure Like Them

Alone, together

In God We Trust

Nishan sahib

Guru's People

Holy halwa

Halwa Prashad

Serving His followers


Langar kitchen

Holy Kitchen

Portrait of a marriage

Holy Meal

Turban envy

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