Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most distinguished Sikh gurdwaras, (house of worship) situated in the heart of Delhi. It is located at the meeting point of Ashok Road and Baba Kharag Singh Marg, nearby Connaught Place. It is prominently recognized by its spectacular golden dome and tall flagpole popularly known as the Nishan Sahib.
This sacrosanct place of worship has been dedicated to the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the building had been built by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II.
Formerly, this place was the Bungalow ("haveli" or "mansion") of Mirza Raja Jai Singh. He was a Rajput king and the chief military leader of the Mughal emperors Aurangzeb and a trustworthy member of his Darbar (Court). Gurdwara Bangla Sahib’s original name was Jaisinghpura Palace.
The Gurudwara complex comprises the temple, a kitchen, a school, an art gallery, and a large pond. The most important feature is the concept of langar (free serving of food to all visitors) has been practiced. In the premises of the Gurdwara, visitors are instructed to cover their hair and take out their shoes. However, there is also the facility of Head scarves and a shoe-minding service inside the compound itself. This service is available free of cost.
The Art Gallery, which is located in the basement of the Gurdwara is admired by the visitors. In fact, this art gallery portrays the paintings of Sikh historical events. Apart from this, the complex also has a higher secondary school, a library, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, and a hospital.
The legend is - there is a pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar" and it is considered as holy by Sikhs and is known as "Amrit". Actually, the Guru blessed the water of this pond as it received the virtues of curing people who were suffering from dreaded diseases including small pox and cholera. The tank exists even today and continued to be worshipped by the Sikhs.
The significant places around the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib (for the tourist interests) are:
India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Jantar Mantar, Hanuman Mandir, and Lakshmi Narayan temple.