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Best Gurudwaras in India You Must Visit
best Gurudwaras which you must visit at least once in your lifetime .
1. Gurudwara Harminder Sahib Punjab
Harminder Sahib is the most famous Gurudwara in India. Located in Amritsar, this Gurudwar is popular by the name of Golden Temple. In 1588, Guru Arjan laid the foundation stone of this sacred shrine and it was in 1604 that he placed the Holy Scripture called Adi Granth here. In 19th century, in order to protect this shrine, Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors with the sheets of Gold, which later gave the Gurudwara its modern name Golden Temple. There are four gates in Golden Temple that symbolizes that Sikhs accepts people from all walks of life. Harminder Sahib is not only has important as a religious structure but it has historical significance as well. Inside the gurdwara are several memorial items that commemorate rich past of Sikh like events, saints, martyrs and includes commemorative inscriptions of all the Sikh soldiers who died in World War I and II.
2. Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib Punjab
Although Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib in Amritsar is often over shadowed due to the extreme popularity of Guru Harminder Sahib aka Golden Temple, yet this sacred shrine is one of the best Gurudwaras in India. Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib was built to commemorate the early death of the son of Guru Hargobind Singh named Baba Atal Rai. It is believed Baba Atal died at the tender age of 9 years and the place where he renounced the world is the exact location of the Gurudwara. This nine storied tower is one of its kinds as its architecture differs from the other Sikh worship places in India. It was built between 1778 and 1784 and since then has been frequented by devotees.
3. Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Punjab
Damdama literally means a breathing place and it was in real a place for Guru Gobind Singh, who relaxed in Talwandi Sabo after fighting a battle. Talwandi Sabo is about 28kms from Bhatinda, Punjab. Damdama Sahib is also one of the Takhts of Sikhism and is a historically important place as well, as it is here where Guru Gobind Singh wrote Bir of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Also, it is the same place where Guru ji tested the faith of Singhs.
4. Takht Sri Patna Sahib Bihar
Situated in Patna, Takht Sri Patna Sahib is one of the most important Sikh religious places in India. Patna is believed to be the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh and the placewhere he also spent many years of his life. The Gurudwara was built in the remembrance of Guru Gobind Singh by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1780. Besides being the birthplace of Guru ji, Patna Sahib holds importance for Sikh pilgrims as Guru Teg Bahadur also visited Patna and stayed in the same place.
5. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib New Delhi
Located in the heart of Delhi, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the imminent landmarks of the capital city. Built between the 17th and the 18th century (In the 17th century it was a bungalow and in the 18th century new construction was done, this Gurudwara was built to commemorate the stay of eighth Sikh Guru Har Krishan here. As mentioned earlier, this sacred edifice was once a bungalow that was owned by Maharaja Jai Singh. Legend has it that Guru Har Krishan stayed here in 1664, when Delhi was under the influence of chicken pox and cholera epidemic. Guru Har Krishan helped the people by giving them clean water from the nearby well. Unfortunately, Guru Har Krishan contracted the illness and died here. In order to pay homage to Guru Har Krishan, Maharaja Jai Singh built a tank over the well, which is believed to have healing property. Today, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most visited Gurudwaras in Delhi.
6. Gurudwara Majnu ka Tila Delhi
This Gurudwara, situated in North Delhi near ISBT Kashmiri Gate, is reckoned to be the oldest Sikh shrine in Delhi. It is believed that the shrine is named after a mound where Majnu (a boatman who used to ferry people across the Yamuna River for free) met Guru Nanak. In 1783, Sikh leader Baghel Singh built a Gurudwara commemorating the stay of Guru Nanak. Also, the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Gobind Singh, stayed here for quite some time and this is also one of the reasons why this place holds so much importance amongst Sikh devotees.
7. Gurudwara Mattan Sahib Jammu and Kashmir
A highly revered place in Srinagar, Gurudwara Mattan Sahib is situated on Anantnag Pahalgam Road. Built by a Brahmin who converted to Sikhism after listening to the influential message of Guru Nanak Dev, Gurudwara Mattan Sahib is a symbol of eternal knowledge and faith in the supreme. The Gurudwara is built on the site of ruined temples and is today one of the most popular sacred places in Kashmir, where apart from Sikh devotees Brahmins also pay homage.
8. Gurudwara Chhevin Patshahi Thara Sahib Jammu and Kashmir
Thara Sahib Gurudwara was built to commemorate the visit of the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Har Gobind Singh. This sacred place of worship is situated in Singhapura Village, which is close to Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. Initially the Gurudwara was a small mound but later in the 1930s Bhai Vir Singh constructed a square and dome shaped building here. It is amongst one of the highly revered places of worship of Sikh faith in Jammu and Kashmir.
9. Gurudwara Sehra Sahib Punjab
Gurudwara Sehra Sahib is situated in Sultanpur Lodhi City in Punjab. The Gurudwara is named after the incident that took place here. Legend has it that Guru Har Gobind Singh while heading to Dalla for his marriage, stopped by Sultanpur Lodhi for a night. It is believed that Har Gobind Singhs Sehra (Floral headband) ceremony took place here. Thus, the Gurudwara built here was named Gurudwara Sehra Sahib.
10. Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Gurudwara Maharashtra
Reckoned to be one of the five takhts in Sikhism, Takhat Sachkhand Shri Huzur Abchalnagar Sahib Gurudwara is situated in Nanded. It is believed to be the same place where the 10th
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