10 Famous Gurdwaras in Delhi Everyone Should Visit Once!

While Sikhism is one of the youngest religions in India, over time it has also proven to be one of the most resilient and reliable ones. The vibrant and easy-going culture is hard to not love, and the people who follow the religion have, time and again, proven to have the largest of hearts for those in need. However, the progress of their people has not been without struggle, and one can always learn something new by visiting historically important places. These 10 famous Gurdwaras in Delhi must be visited by everyone, at least once!

Also read: The 15 Most Beautiful Indian Temples That Everyone Must Visit!

1. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara in Delhi, known for its association with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru, as well as the holy river known as the “Sarovar,” which flows through the complex. It was first established as a tiny temple in 1783 by Sikh General Sardar Baghel Singh on the villa donated by King Raja Jai Singh of Amer, who oversaw the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II in the same year. 

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2. Gurdwara Baba Banda Singh bahadur 

Situated in the Mehrauli area of Delhi near the Qutub Minar, Gurdwara Shahidi Asthaan Baba Banda Singh Bahadur is one of the most famous Gurudwaras in Delhi. This is believed to be the place where Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Ji and his four-year-old son Ajai Singh were tortured by the Mughals along with forty other Sikhs. In his poem Bandi Bir, Rabindranath Tagore speaks of Banda’s ultimate sacrifice. 

Source: sikhiwiki.org

3. Gurdwara Mata Sundri

Situated in the heart of Delhi behind the JP Nayak Hospital, Gurdwara Mata Sundri is one major historical Gurdwara. Made as a tribute to Mata Sundri, the wife of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. She is believed to have guided the Khalsa for forty years after the death of Guru Gobind Singh Ji until her own death in 1747. 

Source: discoversikhism.com 

4. Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib 

Considered to be one of the nine historical Gurdwaras in Delhi, Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib was first constructed as a small shrine in 1783 by Baghel Singh Dhaliwal, a military general in the Punjab region. It was made to commemorate the martyrdom of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is situated on the site where the ninth Sikh Guru was beheaded on the orders of Mughal King Aurangzeb. 

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5. Gurdwara Dam Dama Sahib

Located near Humayun’s tomb in New Delhi, Gurdwara Dam Dama Sahib is associated with the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. It pays tribute to the meeting between the Guru and Prince Muazzam, who later became Bahadur Shah Zafar. The prince apparently sought his help for a battle, he was about to have with his brother in order to accede to the throne. 

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6. Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla 

Situated on the bank of Yamuna, Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla is named after an Iranian Sufi mystic, Abdulla, also known as Majnu, who ferried people across the Yamuna free of cost as a service to God. He met Guru Nanak, and impressed by his service, the Guru stayed with him for over a week. To commemorate this meeting, Baghel Singh made the Gurdwara here. 

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7. Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib

Located in North Delhi, Gurdwara Nanak Piao is dedicated to the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nana Dev Ji. It is made on the same spot where Guru Nanak Dev Ji camped during his visit to Delhi. During his stay, the Guru would offer water and food to the thirsty, hence the name, as Piao means “to give something to drink”. 

Source: Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee

8. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj 

Built near the Parliament House in Delhi, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib was built by Baghel Singh in 1783 after he captured Delhi and made several Sikh shrines there. It marks the cremation site of Guru Tegh Singh Bahadur, the ninth Guru who was killed on Aurangzeb’s orders. 

Source: Wikimedia Commons

9. Gurdwara Moti Bagh 

Situated on Ring Road in Delhi near Dhaula Kuan, this marks the site where Guru Gobind Singh Ji camped with his army on his visit to Delhi. 

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10. Gurdwara Bala Sahib

Considered to be one of the most important Sikh shrines in Delhi, a large number of devotees flock every day to the Gurdwara Bala Sahib, which has been associated with the eighth Guru, Guru Shri Harkrishan Sahib Ji. 

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