Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, Delhi

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, Delhi

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is a sacred site with historical significance. This gurdwara is a shrine and place of worship that was built on the cremation site of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is now a Sikh pilgrimage destination.

The history of the building dates to 1675 when Tegh Bahadur was publicly beheaded by order of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after refusing to convert to Islam. A disciple of Tegh Bahadur, Lakhi Shah Banjara, burned his house in order to cremate the body. It was on this spot that Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib was built.

Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is built from white marble using Sikh architecture. A prime example of Sikh architecture is the presence of four entrances. This signifies that people from all religions, genders and races are welcome.

The gurdwara is open from 5 AM through 10 PM. Those who do not Sikhism should remember to remove their shoes and socks while also keeping their head covered before entering the gurdwara.

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Sight Name: Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib
Sight Location: Delhi, India (See walking tours in Delhi)
Sight Type: Religious
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