City List – Delhi’s Historical Gurdwaras, Around Town
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[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, literally means the doorway of the guru. Delhi is home to hundreds of gurdwaras, but only a few are considered historical – they are linked to some of the ten Sikh gurus, the holy men who pioneered the religion in its early days.
Due to destructions and reconstructions, damages and renovations, the gurdwaras no longer posses their original looks.
Note: All the material for this piece was sourced from Historical Gurdwaras of Delhi, a book by M.K. Pal.
1. Nanak Piau Sahib
Guru Nanak camped here for several days. On Old G.T. Karnal Road, near Azadpur.
2. Majnu Tilla Sahib
Guru Hargobind stayed here during his visit to Delhi. The place was formerly home to Majnu, a Sufi ascetic from modern-day Iraq. Near Chandraval village, close to ISBT, Kashmere Gate.
3. Bangla Sahib
Site of a bungalow that hosted Guru Harkrishan during his visit to Delhi. Near Gole Market Post Office, close to Connaught Place.
4. Bala Sahib
The cremation site of Guru Harkrishan. Located near Mathura Road, close to Ashram.
5. Sis Ganj Sahib
Guru Tegh Bahadur was publicly beheaded here. On the principal avenue of Chandni Chowk.
6. Rakab Ganj Sahib
The cremation site of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Near the President’s Estate in Central Delhi.
7. Moti Bagh Sahib
Guru Gobind Singh stayed at this place. Near Moti Bagh Colony, close to Dhaula Kuan.
8. Damdama Sahib
This is the site where Guru Gobind Singh met Mughal prince Muazzam to discuss strategies for the final battle of succession to the Mughal throne. Behind Humayun’s Tomb, near Hazrat Nizamuddin East.
9. Mata Sundari
Built in the memory of Mata Sundari and Mata Sahib Kaur, the two wives of Guru Gobind Singh. On Mata Sundari Lane, near New Delhi railway station.
10. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
Built to commemorate the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a follower of Guru Gobind Singh, who was executed by the Mughals. Near the Sufi shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin Kaki in South Delhi’s Mehrauli.
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