Wednesday, May 19, 2010

City Landmark - Gurdwara Seesganj, Chandni Chowk

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City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Holy and serene.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Not as open and airy as Bangla Sahib gurdwara in Connaught Place, Seesganj Sahib is as serene as any spiritual destination should be. It was built in memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru, who was beheaded here on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb in 1675.

A three-storeyed rectangular building off the main street of Chandni Chowk, the gurdwara adds to the multi-religious character of Old Delhi's popular shopping district, which also has a mosque, a temple and a church.

The chaos of the bazaar disappears as you enter the short flight of stairs and reach a hall that hums with the devotional hymns of raagis, the musicians who sing in front of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. The chandeliered hall has a carpeted marble floor where the devotees sit cross-legged with folded hands. In the terrace, the blare of auto horns merges harmoniously with the tabla beats of the raagis coming from inside the prayer hall. The balcony looks onto the bustling Bhai Mati Das Chowk.

Dating from the 17th century, the gurdwara has four small chhatris at each corner and a large one at the centre. The building has seen many additions and modifications. Langar (free food) and lodging facilities are available for devotees. The halwa prasad is delicious and rich in ghee.

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Outer chaos

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Inner peace

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

The gurdwara raagis

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Nishaan Saheb

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

The terrace pilgrims

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Darshan of the holy book

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Darshan from outside

In God We Trust

View of the Bhai Mati Das Chowk

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

The night view

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Across the road

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

In God we trust

City Landmark - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

6 comments:

Japinder said...

Beautiful pictures and text. I follow this blog daily from USA. As an ex-delhite who used to ride my beloved royal enfield 350 around sisganj gurudwara sahib ad chandni chowk , it brought back old memories. I would love to see pictures of other gurudwaras in delhi as well.

Vishal said...

Thanks mate.

See more about Guru ji and how Aurangzeb had him killed as he refused to convert to Islam. Muslim atrocities on him and Hindus eventually led to the foundation of Khalsa and post Aurangzeb Mohguls went in decline relegated to nominal rule within four walls of .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Tegh_Bahadur

zeevie said...

WAHE GURU JI KA KHALSA,WAHE GURU JI KI FATEH.Thnx soofi miyan.You are really an ALLAH ka banda.May all ur dreams cum true

Anonymous said...

your blog is a cross culture domain

F.G.S.A said...

Beautiful photos, thanks.

Vibhu Mishra said...

I just happened to get to this blog while just idly browsing the Internet. I was in Delhi for a long time, and had once visited this Gurudwara. Felt very nice to see the pictures again! Will visit your new website also...