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Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, New Delhi

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Overview

This Gurudwara is also well known owing to its proximity to the Parliament House in New Delhi. Being constructed due to one of the daring acts of Sikh military Leader Baghel Singh (1730–1802) it was built when the military leader had capture Delhi and his short but effective stay at Delhi witnessed constructions of several Sikh religious shrines. History speaks that on the orders of Aurangzeb, after getting beheaded on the most unfortunate date of 11 November in 1675 A.D, the body of Sikh Guru Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh was supposed to be quartered and put on display for the public to view. However, one of the disciples of his stole away the body. Then in order to cremate his Guru’s body he put his house on fire in order to effectuate this holy responsibility. Later that place came to be known as Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

The spot at which the Gurudwara has been standing earlier, near to that there was a mosque, but, then with the permission of Mughal emperor Shah Alam II the Gurudwara was built. It also houses the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Architecture of Gurudwara
Like all other Grudwaras, this also has entries from four sides which express the belief that it is open for visitors from all castes, religion and creed. Being built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh rupees this Gurudwara took 12 years to build. The Gurudwara Rakab Ganj as it is known today was named such as the area it is located in was earlier a market of stirrups and stirrup is known as ‘Rakab’ and markets are known as ‘Ganj’ in Hindi respectively. The Gurdwara has white buildings prominent domes to it and holds an extremely important place in the hearts of the Sikh community of India. Moreover, it has some beautiful gardens to it which are well-maintained.

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Prayers
Gurudwaras are well known for the regular discourses that are offered to the almighty. One can sit and enjoy them for the whole day. Gurudwaras provide such a soothing effect that all the problems with which one enters the Gurudwara get solved by the time one leaves. Hence, it is the best place for one to introspect. At times, teachings of Guru Nanak Ji are also shared which teaches various lessons for one to lead life more beautifully.

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