The Amazing Story of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi

Today is the Prakash Parva in memory of Guru Harkishan, one of the earlier Gurus of Sikhs.

Guru Harkishan was one of the youngest Gurus, having adorned the seat at a very young age of 8 years.

In this young age, he , naturally, attracted a lot of people from other faiths to his chosen fold and this did not please the then emperor of India, Aurangzeb.The year was 1668 and he was fresh from his campaign to usurp the seat that was till recently occupied by Shah Jehan.

The Emperor asked Raja Jai Singh , one of his vassals and the king of Amber to fetch the Guru to Delhi so that Aurangzeb could check the Guru out.

The Raja, one of the craftiest courtiers of Aurangzeb, managed to convince the Guru to accompany him to Delhi.

The Guru, naive as he was, readily agreed.

He was put up in the present day Gurudwara Bangla Sahib-at that time it used to be the palace of Raja Jai Singh.

Jai Singh sent a retinue of women-all dressed similarly-to the Guru and requested him to identify Jai Singh’s wife among the group of women.The idea was to check the Guru’s wisom, awareness etc.

The Guru readily identified the king’s wife and thereby earned his respect.

A few days later ,a dreadful disease , measles struck the Delhi citizens.

The Guru tried level hard to treat the Delhiites of the disease but, in this endeavour, himself passed away.

He died in the Raja’s palace which was later converted to a Gurudwara.

This Gurudwara stands near the Connaught Place and the Jantar Mantar, also the Raja’s creation.

This is the amazing story of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.


  1. What a very interesting story. I like learning about the backstory of a place, I think it makes visiting it more meaningful. The guru was chosen at a tender age of 8, now that’s very young. I can only imagine the weight of responsibility at such an age, I wonder how he was able to carry it. And I also wonder how he was chosen. Was it a birthright? Was it through a vote? Was he chosen by a former guru?

  2. A wonderful story indeed. I wish I knew how he was able to recognize the wife, it seems like a power than wisdom to me. I’m not sure if you know Jesus but his age kind of reminds me of Jesus who was also a wise man at an early age (I hope I don’t offend you in this, not trying to bring religion up, I just really remembered it :D). It’s nice to be able to leave a legacy being passed on from generation to generation, this was what happened to him.

  3. Oh it’s to nice to be transported back to another time through your words and imagery. I wish I could peek in on the past, learn, soak in, explore. The architecture of today (at least here in Australia) has nothing on the beauty of ancient buildings, built in a time where the tiniest of details were cared for.

  4. Reading stories like this makes me have a wider imagination. I always enjoy encountering posts like this, it brings me back in time and makes me imagine scenic spots. I just wish I could really travel someday and learn more about these places! 😀

  5. Wow! I missed to travel to this place during my trip to Delhi few years back! I only been to famous Taj Mahal though…thanks for sharing this post & I have learnt more about Delhi 😉 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  6. Thanks for sharing this story. The Guru is so selfless on trying to save the citizens. I am also amaze with rajas and royal stories. this tickles any imaginative minds.

  7. Didn’t know the place had a really beautiful story to it. It’s definitely more than meets the eye. 🙂 Other than that, the Guru is very giving and humble. We need more people like him.

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