“Gurudwara”, the most sacred place for Sikhs to experience peace and harmony. You go anywhere, small or big, town or cities, India or Abroad – you will get Gurudwaras there. If talking about New Delhi, the capital city of India, it has many Gurudwaras here. Among them, the most popular and biggest Gurudwara is the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Connaught Place, Delhi. Hundreds of people visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara daily for darshan.
The Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is open 24 hours, all the days for the devotees to come. The Gurudwara is not only visited by the Sikhs. People from different casts and religions visit this holy place and all are treated equally here.
The Gurudwara has a big open area that is covered by marble flooring. Flooring of Gurudwara remains clean and shiny. For day and night, Gurusikhs do sewa there and keep the Gurudwara clean.
There is also a big holy Sarovar inside the Gurudwara where devotees can take a dip. The water of this Sarovar is known to heal many diseases. Sikhs who visit the Gurudwara from all over the world, take the water from Sarovar and take back to home which they call as “Amrit”.
Prasad (Halva) is given, once you come out of the Gurudwara after darshan. You get immense peace from the overall environment of the Gurudwara. Bhajan, Kirtan going on inside the Gurudwara, gives a soothing feel.
Free Food (Langar)
There is free food for all, which is called the Langar. Langar is served by the sevadars there, you can take more servings if you want. The food is also cooked by the sevadars with complete devotion and taking care of the cleaning.
Sewa at Gurudwara
If anybody wishes to do sewa in the Gurudwara, they can do. One can do any kind of sewa – like serving the langar, cleaning the dishes, floor cleaning etc. You can also do sewa by making donation to the Gurudwara. Some people also do sewa by bringing some eatables from home, like biscuits, candies or any homemade food.
Cleaning at Gurudwara
Every area of the Gurudwara remained cleaned by the sewadars. There is a daily schedule to clean the stairs, floor, carpets, grills, railings etc. Inside area of Gurudwara where the Gurugranth Sahib is kept, gets also thoroughly cleaned. Carpets are regularly cleaned and changed as well. And every other area, small or big is kept clean by the sewadars.
Donation at Gurudwara
For donations, there is a donation room where you can pay any amount for your contribution.
Langar from home
People who wish to contribute to Langar sewa, can bring homemade food and distribute it in the langar. Some also do langar sewa by submitting the uncooked groceries in the langar. So whenever the langar is cooked there, your groceries will also be used and you will be the part of the langar sewa.
At the backside of the Gurudwara there is a small market where you can buy accessories, scarfs etc. There you will also find some snacks and tea stalls.
Nearest Metro Station
The nearest metro station to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is Patel Chowk Metro Station. It is about 0.6 km from Gurudwara. You can also come out from Rajiv Chowk Metro Station which is about 0.8 km from the Gurudwara.
Parking at Gurudwara
The Gurudwara has big parking for cars and bikes which is free of cost. It is a type of multilevel parking, where you can easily park your vehicle and stay tension free. Parking is only for the devotees who come to visit the Gurudwara.
Important things to know before you go to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib:
It is important to cover your head inside the Gurudwara using a scarf or handkerchief; this is mandatory for men, women and children too. There are headscarves available in a basket at the entrance point for head covering.
Photography and Selfies are prohibited inside the Gurudwara.
You can’t enter the Gurudwara with shoes. You have to submit your shoes at the place where they submit your shoes and issue you a token. While going back home, you can show the token and take your shoes.