Chandigarh is one of the most planned and organized city in the country. In addition to this, it is considered to be very sacred because of the presence of lots of temples and Gurudwaras in it.
Chandigarh is visited by lots of pilgrims throughout the year as there many temples and Gurudwaras constructed in the vicinity of the city, some within 100km radius itself, thereby making these places of worship quite accessible.
It is believed that the Sikh religion should have originated from the Shivalik mountain ranges, an ancient hilly range, believed to be older than the great Himalayas.
Chandigarh is considered to be very auspicious for the Sikhs as lots of Sikh Gurus had visited this place, post which, a number of holy shrines were set up here.
List of famous and historical Gurudwaras-
- Gurudwara Khooni Sahib,Manimajra
- Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Manimajra
- Gurudwara Nanaksar, Chandigarh
- Gurudwara Patshahi Chhainveen Pratakh, Sec-12
- Gurudwara Patshahi Dasveen, Sec-8
- Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Sec-34
Description of some famous ones
Gurudwara Khooni Sahib, Manimajra
Gurudwara Khooni Sahib is situated in the village of Manimajra in Chandigarh. This is situated in close proximity to the main city, making it easy for the devotees to come here. Situated at the complex of Manasa Devi at Bhainsa Tiba, this Gurudwara is quite significant it was visited by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The Gurudwara derived its name from the fact that the Guru had rested on this elbow during his entire stay here.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib
Gurudwara Manji Sahib was the residential place of Mata Raj Kaur Ji. It was at this place that Mata lived and died. Mata is buried here and lots of pilgrims visit this sacred place to get Mata’s blessings. Legend has it that people who visit this place with utmost devotion get their prayers answered quickly. Earlier, while returning from the successful Battle of Bhangani, the Guru reached the place of Kapaal Mochhan and walked barefoot from here to Rani Raipur and then to Manimajra to visit the Mata. He had promised Mata that she could always count on him and that he would immediately reach her place, when she calls out to him for anything.
The beauty of the Gurudwaras is that they have incorporated all the technological advancements to make it more comfortable for the devotees, however, they have not compromised on their traditional quotient even one bit.
Some of the latest technologies to have been introduced in Gurudwaras air conditioning, projectors, huge loudspeakers, heaters, solar panels and buffet system in the Langar (holy kitchen of the Gurudwara).
The Gurudwaras in Chandigarh, especially those located on sectors 8 and 34, have upgraded their facilities for the comfort of pilgrims who come from abroad.
The basic features that were present in the Gurudwara a few years back have now undergone a complete revamp and are now designed with luxury and comfort of the devotees.
The Gurbani is the essence of the Sikh religion and to ensure that the young generation appreciates importance of the same, projectors displaying the English translation of the songs are installed in many places. This effort has been highly commended by the pilgrims.
Vegetarian buffets have been introduced the in the all new Langars to suit the needs and styles of people, thereby introducing hygienic and clean food. Some Gurudwaras in sector 34 have introduced cooking methodologies based on steam.
Comfortable and plush sofas have been arranged in most of the shrines for the benefit of devotees who are aged and for those who cannot sit on the floor for a long time.
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