“Chandni Chonk, Delhi” most of us relate this to traffic chaos, narrow streets, food, and shopping, but I relate Chandni Chonk to one of the most spiritual places, and this is because Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is situated here.
Originally constructed in 1783, to commemorate the martyrdom site of Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru. The Gurudwara marks the site where Guru Ji was beheaded (Sis in Punjabi means Head)on the orders of the mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Kashmiri Pandits approached Guru ji to seek help and protection, who were being tortured by Aurangzeb. The Guru was summoned to Delhi by Aurangzeb on a pretext, but when he arrived, he was offered, “to abandon his faith, and convert to Islam”, which Guru Teg Bahadur refused. He was executed on 11 November 1675 in public in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
The Gurudwara Sahib was built by Beghal Singh. Due to political climate in India the site was altered between mosque and a gurudwara. Finally British ruled in favor of Sikh litigants and the present structure came in place in 1930. Various structural enhancements were done after this.
None of my visits/stay to Delhi is complete without visiting Sis Ganj Sahib. By visiting this place I cannot explain my feelings. For me this is one of the best place to get spiritually connected to God, have some internal peace, get divine blessings, and to pay my respect for Guru who stood strong in his faith to fight with injustice.
The trunk of tree under which the Guru was beheaded is preserved along the well from which he took bath while in the prison before the martyrdom.
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