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Seeking the Sikh Guru
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Delhi. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, gave to the world a new faith, a new dispensation, which was neither Hinduism nor Islam in its doctrinal and spiritual content. Basing the new faith on his inspired vision of God and on his own response to the human and political situation of his times, he organized a distinct Church and gave to it a unique religious, social and cultural structure.

His nine successors gave a new scripture, the Adi Guru Granth, new religious, cultural and political institutions in the moral and spiritual framework of Guru Nanak's dynamic ideals. Establishing the nucleus of his faith in Punjab, Guru Nanak went on long missionary journeys to the East in Assam and Rengal, to the South in Lanka, and to the north in Tibet, and to the west reaching Mecca, Medina and other religious centres of the Middle East.

Delhi -
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara - dedicated to the 8th Guru-Hari Krishan.Guru Hari Krishan, the boy prophet, became the eight Guru of the Sikhs on October 6, 1661 AD During the short period of his pontificated he guided the Sikh community with great tact and wisdom in the face of threatening challenges. He sent missionaries to the farthest outpost of the country and inspired the seekers who came to him with eternal truth and the highest mystical and spiritual experiences.

Raja Jai Singh dedicated his palace to his sacred memory and since his death it has been the place of worship of the Sikhs and known as Bangla Sahib.

Gurudwara Rakab Ganj dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur - when Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded in Chandni Chowk, the lamenting and wailing crowd surged forward to have a closer look at the martyred prophet, a man named Bhai Jaita, rushed out of the crowd, and with lightning flash picked up the head of the guru and disappeared into the grief stricken crowd.

They carried away the body of Guru Tegh Bahadur to their residence, the present site of Rakab Ganj Gurudwara opposite Parliament building, they reverently placed the body of the Guru as per planned, on a pile of sandalwood and set to fire the whole house. They put the remains of the Guru in an urn and buried it on the very spot where the body was cremated.

The head of the Guru was taken by his disciple Bhai Jaita to Anandpur where Guru Gobind Singh cremated it near the place where the Guru used to meditate in a cell. The place is also known as Sis Ganj of Anandpur.

Lunch at Gurudawara-
All Sikh Temples have a community Kitchen and in this one volunteers prepare free meals for thousand of people every day, served to all piligrims, participants and visitors irrespective of their nationality, creed or caste.The food is very basic chapatis and lentils but it's all prepared and dished out in a surprisingly orderly fashion.

Lunch in Gurdwara. Gurudawara Sis Ganj dedicated to Guru Tegh Bhadur. Guru Tegh Bhadur was born in the holy city of Amritsar on April, 1621. He was the fifth and the youngest son of sixth prophet, Guru Hargovindh, and the only one to deservedly ascend the pontific throne nearly 20 years after his father's death as ninth Guru of Sikhs.

He was a great lover of poetry and peace, music and meditations, charity and human freedom. Thereafter visit Majnu Tilla Shrine - dedicated to Guru Nanak. On the banks of Jamuna river, there lived in Delhi a Muslim Sufi (dervish) who led the life of a penitent recluse. So lonely and God - intoxicated was he that he was nicknamed Majnu, the mad lover. When he met guru Nanak, he felt that he was in the presence of prophet who was imparted to him a new revelation.

He felt spiritually exalted and illumined, and the light of God was revealed to him in his soul. Guru Nanak had many Muslim disciples in Punjab but Majnu was his first Muslim disciple in Delhi, who not only became his outstanding devotee but a great missionary who converted his Khanqah into Shrine of Guru Nanak, which continued to be known after his name as Majnu ka Tilla to this day.

Amritsar & Rest of Punjab - Harminder Sahib popularly known as The Golden Temple the holiest Shrine of the Sikh religion.

The ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh got the lower half of the temple, originally built by Guru Arjun Dev in the midst of the sacred pool, covered with marble and the upper half with copper plated with pure gold leaves, hence, the popularly named Golden Temple. The Temple has four entrances opening to the four directions significant that all people are welcome. The form and architecture of the temple combine a sense of peace, grace and beauty. Standing in the middle of the sacred pool, the Golden Temple is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as the Gurus Bridge. The lower parts of the marble walls are decorated with inlaid flower and animal motifs in the pietra dura style of the Taj mahal.

Granth Sahib : Four priests at key positions around the temple keep up a continuous reading in Punjabi from the Sikh's holy book that is broadcast by loudspeaker. The original copy of the Granth Sahib is kept under a pink shroud in the golden Temple during the day and around 10 PM each evening is ceremoniously returned to the Akal Takhat. The morning processional ceremony takes place at 4 am in the summer and 5 am in winter.

Akal Takht : Adjacent to the Golden Temple is the marble-paved square in which stands the Akal Takht (Immortal Throne). Established by the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind, this the supreme seat of the Sikh religious authority. The Akal Takht is also the repository of the various weapons used by the Gurus. Later feast yourself to the Langer.

Goindwal Sahib. Goindwal Sahib- 30 km South East of Amritsar which houses a fine Gurdwara, enroute visiting Taran-Taran : is an important Sikh tank. There's temple, which is designed in Sikh tank. There's temple, which is designed in Sikh architectural style, with a done covered with goldfoils, which predates Amritsar, and a tower on the east side of the tank, which was also constructed by Ranjit Singh. It's said that any lepper who can swim across the tank will be miraculously cured.

Dam Dama Sahib- Thirty-five kilometers south of Bhatinda is, an important pilgrimage centre associated with Guru Gobind Singh.

Gurudawara Charan Kamal in the village of Maehli Wara 46 kms away is sacred spot for Sikhs.

Manji Sahib 11 kms away, is another sacred spots for Sikhs.

Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara- marks the spot where Guru Gobind Singh's younger sons were bricked alive.

Anandpur Sahib -
the abode of peace has a number of historical Gurudawaras. It was here that the tenth and the last Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, gave the Sikhas a new form of identity by baptizing the Khalsa, the pure ones. On the day following Holi, devotees flock to Anandpur Sahib to participate in the Hola Mohalla celebrations re-enacting past Sikh battles with ancient arms and weapons.

UttarPradesh & Uttaranchal -
Paonta Sahib - Situated on the Yamuna river, on the border with Uttar Pradesh, Paonta Sahib is linked with Gobind Singh, the 10th of the gurus who lived here. At Bangani, 23 kms away, he achieved a great military victory when his forces defeated the combined might of 22 hill country kingdoms. His weapons are displayed in the town and his Gurudwara still over - looks the river. The historic Gurudwara commemorates his stay and interestingly the waters of the Yamuna fall silent below this - which happened at the guru's behest. The word Paonta means a space for a foot hold.

Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib - 6 km trek to Hemkundsahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, the Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund.

Maharastra - Nanded - is a piligrim point for the Sikhs as it has a Samadi of Guru Gobind Singh known as Hazur Sahib.

Patna - Harmandir Gurudawara which is one of the four important Sikh pilgrimages in India. Patna is also the birth place of the Guru Gobind Singh the 10th Guru and that is why it is called Patna Sahib with reverence.

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