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It is said that Guru Nanak, the Sikh guru, halted on his way back to Sri Lanka at Bangalore. He met there with Kempegowda and blessed him. He also told him to develop the place. However, it took very long to build a Sikh shrine in the city. Gurudwaras are the places of worship for the Sikh community and the term means, "doorway to the guru”. Bangalore houses three main Gurudwaras which are famous all over the country.
Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Saheb
Getting to this place
It is located in the district Bidar in Hill foot, at a distance of just 2 km away from the Railway station and at a distance of one fourth km from the bus stand. Several luxury buses are available to Bidar. If you are traveling by Air, the nearest airport is Begumpet International Airport at Hyderabad. Several buses are there to reach here at Bidar in Karnataka. The nearest Railway station is in Bidar itself. You will find that there are numerous trains that connect Bidar with Bangalore and Hydarabad.
This gurudwara was established in the year 1948 after the independence of India. The prime attraction of this place is its Darbar sahib having a beautiful palanquin (palki) which is made in marble. You will also come across a big big Diwan Hall and Langar Hall situated adjacent to it. It also houses a Sukhaasan Room(Rest room for Guru Granth Sahib Ji) and Likhari Room.
While you visit the gurudwara have a holy dip at the beautiful Sarover (tank) in front of the stairs of the gurudwara. There are separate tanks for gents and ladies. In these tanks water of Sri Nanak Jhira has been directed for pilgrims so that they can take a holy dip.
Guru ka langar, a service to provide food that is free of any cost is given to all pilgrims.
There is a Sikh museum in the building here, where in the history of Sikhism is depicted in the form of painting and picture.
This gurudwara every year, is visited by nearly 4-5 lakhs of people.
Around 30000 people visit this place per day during the major festivals such Guru Nanak’s birthday, Dussehra and Holi
Where to Relax
There are several good options to choose from that are located near to this gurudwara, when you feel an unavoidable urge to relax. To name a few are Blackbuck Resort, Hotel Sapna International and Hotel Mayura.
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Bangalore
Is one of the three most famous gurudwaras of the city. It is located on the Grudwara Road, near Ulsoor lake. As this place is located right in the city you can easily reach up to it. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Ulsoor lake, it is the largest gurudwara of the Bangalore city and is a huge white building. It was built in 1943 and A G Russell inaugrated it in 1945.
This structure increases the beauty of the Kensington Road which is also known as Gurudwara Road. On Sundays pilgrims are offered with ‘guru ka langar"or free meals. Around 1000 people turn up in the gurudwara in the morning on Sundays while double in the number in afternoon to participate in guru ka langar.
Where to satiate your hunger
You can visit Shiltion Suites, Ista (a very famous restaurant in the city), Brunton Aster and The Oberoi.
Gurudwara Janam Asthan bhai Sahib Singh ji in Bangalore
This famous gurudwara is located in Bidar, near Bangalore. This Sikh shrine is very popular among the Sikh community in Karnataka and people also visit the place from all over the country. Large number of devotees gathers at the gurudwara to celebrate events that are particular to the Sikh religion.