Sis Ganj Sahib Gurdwara

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Sis Ganj Sahib Gurdwara

Old Delhi's most famous Sikh shrine is a restful place to see one of North India's emblematic faiths in practice. Built at various times between 1784 (when the Sikhs conquered Delhi) and the 20th century, it marks the site where the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb beheaded Guru Teg Bahadur in 1675, when the guru refused to convert to Islam. It's a gory story, but before his body could be quartered and displayed to the public as an example, it was stolen by disciples. He was cremated by his son, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and last great Sikh Guru. As in any gurdwara (Sikh temple), sections of the Guru Granth Sahib scripture are chanted continuously; depending on the season, you might also find decorations of tinsel, colored foil, and blinking lights. Leave your shoes at the opening about 30 feet to the right of the entrance, and cover your head before entering. Women: if you don't have a head covering, climb the stairs and ask the man on the left to lend you one (it's free). If you have any questions about Sikhism or the shrine after your visit, stop into the friendly information office to the left of the entrance to hear legends and symbols unfold.

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