Gurudwara Raqab Ganj Sahib
Introduction: After seeing buildings made by Lutyens (i.e Parliament and Rashtrapati bhawan) one should see some sacred place too with a great history. Gurudwara Raqab Ganj Sahib marks the site of cremation of the ninth Sikh guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. He was beheaded by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and his body was rescued by a faithful disciple lakkhi banjara. Gurudwara’s name “Rakab” comes from the word for support rod and the near the house was a “Ganj” which means a bazaar or market place. The building is composed mainly of white marble surrounded by a beautiful garden. Gurudwara has four entrances indicating that they are open to all without any distinction of caste. This Gurudwara was built at a cost of 26 lakh rupees and took more than 10 years to complete.
History: Gurudwara Raqab Ganj Sahib was built at the end of 1783. Legend has that on 11 November 1675, when the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb forced the ninth Sikh Guru guru to convert his religion into Islam. But guru ji denied to do so and it resulted that he was beheaded at Chandni Chowk. Today the place where he was beheaded is known as “Gurudwara Sis Ganj” which used to be a part of Shahjahanabad of the Mughal era. After Guru Teg Bahadur was hung to death, his disciple namely Lakhi Shah Banjara and his son bhai naghaiya took the headless body of Guru and cremated it in their own house. They burnt the whole house to destroy all the possible evidences of the cremation. Another reason could be that they wanted to cremate the body in the traditional way. The place where Gurudwara is today, used to be the house of Lakhi Shah Banjara.
Address: Church road, South Block, Presidents Estate, Delhi-110001
Nearest metro station: Central Secretariat
Celebrations: Guru purab
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