Delhi is a historic place in itself. Sikhism plays a very important role in making Delhi what it is today. There are several historic and scared sites in Delhi which are highly revered by Sikhs, Here is a list of 10 popular Historic Gurdwaras New Delhi.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib located in Connaught Place in Delhi is the most prominent one in the city. This historic Sikh Gurdwara was built in 1783 by Sardar Bhagel Singh. This place is known for the sacred sarovar inside the complex. The golden dome and the long flag pole is also popular here.
This place is associated with Guru Har Krishan, the 8th Sikh Guru who resided here. He distributed fresh water from the Sarovar to those who suffered from smallpox and cholera (which was epidemic then).
The sacred water from the Sarovar is revered to possess healing properties even to this day.
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib another historical Gurdwara located in Old Delhi Chandni Chowk was built in 1783 Baghel Singh. This place marks the site where Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was pressurized by the then Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to convert to Islam. When Sikh Guru refused to convert, he was beheaded at this site.
Gurdwara Rakab Ganj
When Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was beheaded, a wailing crowd of devotees surged forward to have a look at the martyr’s body. In the midst of the crowd, a man Bhai Jaita ji, picked up the head of Guru Sahib and disappeared.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib’s body was taken to his residence and was set fire on a pile of sandalwood. The remains of the Guru were buried at the very same spot which is now Gurdwara Rakab Ganj.
Bhai Jaita ji took the head to Anandpur Sahib where Guru Gobind Singh Sahib cremated the head at a place where Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib usually meditated. This cremation site is presently known as Sis Ganj of Anandpur Sahib.
Gurudwara Nanak Piao Sahib
Guru Nanak Sahib who has the credit of founding Sikhism is the most popular Guru amongst Sikhs. His sermons, preaching and mystical experience were inspiring.
On his missionary journey, he delivered sermons on Sikhism through music and songs at a garden in the outskirts of Delhi. The owner of the garden built a shrine on the memory of Guru Nanak Sahib’s visit which is now Nanak Piao.
Gurudwara Moti Bagh Sahib
This is yet another Gurudwara which is associated with tenth Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. This is the site where he camped with his army. His arrival in Delhi was indicated by an arrow he shot into the right foot of the Emperor Bahadur Shah’s chair, that too from a distance of 8 miles. Some time later Guru shot another arrow to the left leg of the throne with a note explaining his skill in archery.
The Emperor immediately accepted Guru’s supremacy. The Emperor had asked for help in in the succession battle to the throne of Delhi after the death of Aurangazeb.
Gurudwara Damdama Sahib
Guru Damdama Sahib is in connection with the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. This place commemorates the meeting of Guru with Prince Muazzam who later became Emperor Bahadur Shah.
Prince Muzzam wanted help from the Guru for the succession battle of throne with his brother. Guru Gobind Singh met the price near Humayun’s tomb. Thus, Guru Damdama Sahib is located near Humayun’s Tomb.
Gurudwara Bala Sahib
This Gurudwara is associated with the eighth Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib ji and the two wives of Guru Gobind Singh – Mata Sundri ji and Mata Sahib Kaur ji.
During his visit and stay in Delhi at the time of Raja Jai Singh, he miraculously healed the ailing poor people.
Gurudwara Majnu Ka Tilla
Located on the bank of River Yamuna, Gurudwara Majnu Ka Tila is a place which honours Majnu who was a Muslim Sufi and an ardent devotee of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib.
The first Muslim disciple of Guru Nanak, went on to become a great missionary who converted his khanqah into Guru Nanak’s shrine.
Gurudwara Mata Sundri
Mata Sundri Kaur who was wife of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhs is believed to guide Sikhs for several years after the death of Guru Gobind Singh. Gurudwara Mata Sundri stands where Mata Sundri Kaur died in the year 1747.
Gurudwara Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
Gurudwara Baba Banda Singh Bahadur is in Meharauli, South Delhi near the Qutab Minar. The site marks the place of torture faced by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and other Sikhs in the hands of Mughals. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’ 4 year old son Ajai Singh was also tourtured to death along with others.