Gurudwaras are some of the most beautiful, sacred and kind places. They are sacred shrines that that not only render us spiritual comfort but also speak about equality, generosity and bravery. Every Gurudwara brings in a compassionate atmosphere in the most unique manner and here are examples of a few.
1. The Golden Temple
The world’s largest langar is found at the Golden Temple. It serves a massive number of people at almost 50,000 a day. And during holidays or religious occasions, the number goes up to 100000 as well.
2. Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurdwara, Punjab
There is a popular belief that if you pray at this 150 year old Gurudwara, you will certainly get a ticket to your dream land. Popularly known as Hawai Jahaj Gurudwara, there’s a model aircraft on top of this holy place. Further, devotees give toy aeroplanes as offerings to give their dreams wings.
3. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Bangla Sahib, originally was a bungalow that belonged to Raja Jai Singh – a 17th-century Indian ruler. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi in 1664. During that time, there was a smallpox and cholera epidemic, and Guru Har Krishan helped the suffering by giving aid and fresh water from the well of this holy place.
4. Manikaran Sahib
Manikaran Sahib in the Parvati Valley is making sure it leaves no carbon footprint while preparing langar for thousands. When you go visit the Gurudwara, you’ll see several copper pots closed tightly and immersed in the small reservoir with hot water from underground springs. This is because all the food prepared are cooked using geothermal energy without the use of any polluting fuel.
5. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh
On flipping the pages of history, you’ll find that Guru Nanak stayed in this Gurudwara in 1517-18, but his stay was not easy. According to folklore, a demon rolled a huge rock down at the holy saint who was meditating but the stone stopped behind the saint & left impressions on the large rock. The impressions are believed to be the imprint of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s shoulders, head, back as well as foot. This is enshrined in the gurudwara built to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Devji and is maintained by the Indian Army.