Due to its proximity to Punjab, Delhi has a significant Sikh influence in its lifestyle. They complete the triangle of composite culture of Delhi along with Hindus and Muslims. Although Sikhs have a very tiny population in Delhi, they are backbone of the trade. Like Muslims, Sikhs too have their dedicated settlements that are scattered all over Delhi. There are many beautiful and magnificent Gurudwaras in Delhi that surely give a feel about the prosperity of this community.
Gurudwara Shri Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Shri Bangla Sahib is one of the most important historical and
sacred pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh community in India and the
most sacred among the destinations in Delhi. It was actually a Haveli or
Bangla where Guru Hari Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru of the Sikhs,
stayed during his tour to Delhi in 1664. The Guru was entertained as a
royal guest by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in this bangla. Later this bangla
became the memoir of the Guru and was later converted to gurudwara. It
is estimated that more than 10,000 visitors visit this Gurudwara every
Gurudwara Shri Sis Ganj
The Gurudwara Sis Ganj is located on the main Chandni Chowk near the
historic Red Fort. This is one of the most revered pilgrimages of the
Sikh community. It commemorates the site where on the orders of Mughal
Emperor Aurangzeb, Guru Tegh Bahadur; the ninth guru of the Sikhs was
beheaded. He was martyred here in 1675 under a banyan tree.
Gurudwara Majnu Ka Tila
Gurudwara Majnu ka Tila Sahib is situated on the right bank of the
River Yamuna on the Grand Trunk Road close to the Delhi assembly house.
It commemorates the visit of Guru Nanak, the first Guru and founder of
the Sikh religion, to Delhi in the early 15th century. The legend goes
by that this particular Gurudwara was named after a Muslim hermit or
Sufi saint. He used to reside here in a humble cottage during the reign
of Emperor Sikander Lodhi. He was nicknamed 'Majnu' because of his
uncompromising love for Allah.
Shri Nanak Piao
Gurudwara Nanak Piao is situated off Grand Trunk road near the Azadpur
Mandi. It is built on the place where the first Sikh Guru, Sri Nanak Dev
resided during his visit to Delhi in the year 1505. His Muslim disciple,
Mardana accompanied him. As customary to that period, people started
flocking the area to take the blessing of the Guru. It is said that
usually every one of them used to bring lots of gifts for the Guru but
he used to redistribute them to the poor and needy. This place was
christened 'Piao' because during his stay in Delhi, guru himself used to
serve water to the people visiting him.