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Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

"The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his action"- Confucius

Sikhs are said to deem more in action than in tongue and their religion renounces extravagant living.

The Gurdwara Bangla Sahib epitomizes Sikh belief and was built in reminiscence of Guru Hari Krishan, the 8th Guru, who went for an excursion to Delhi. He was entertained as a royal guest in the court of Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur.

There is an illustrious anecdote behind this; it was said that while the Sikh Guru was visiting the Delhi City, Small pox, Cholera etc broke out and people died from the fatal effects of these diseases.

So, the Guru and his followers served the old, young, rich, poor alike and strew sanctified water on the patients. This had a miraculous effect on them and they were alleviated. But then, Guru Hari Krishan and his followers died because it is said that they took the detrimental effects of the disease on them in order to stop an endemic.

In remembrance of Guru Hari Krishan Singh, a mansion had been constructed by Raja Jai Singh, under the instruction of his wife and other royal women who witnessed the miraculous powers of the Guru.

Thus an auspicious ground for prayer, sanctified by sacred water that continually gets stored in the holy tank, named Chaubaccha Sahib had been granted for the Sikhs. Till today the water is distributed among men, rich and poor alike to commemorate the holy Guru and his phenomenal power.

The huge complex of the Gurdwara, has a shrine at its hub, a central cupola is suspended over a golden arena beneath which silk sheets are stretched, and is sheltered with flowers. Here pious music is played.

There is a basketball ground and also a library to embellish the Gurdwara. Sangat and Pangat are the most important ceremonies that can be witnessed here. Thousands of people are served with food from the pilgrim and devotees everyday.

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