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- Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib – Chandni Chowk – Delhi – Part – 1
As I am from Delhi , whenever I get time I always visit Chandni Chowk area not for enjoyment just for doing the Darshan in Gurudwara. It really relaxes me and makes me feel rejuvinated. However , from the last six months I had not visited the Sis Ganj Gurdwara because of the busy schudule. When the Metro was not there , we used to go by car in such crowded Chandni Chowk. But after the Metro reaching there we always go there by Metro. Going by car to Chandni Chowk takes about 1:30 min fom my place but by metro it takes just 45 min. For the same reason I opted for the Metro. I was with my family. We started from Rohini East Metro station till Kashmiri Gate station. Then from there we took the underground Metro till Chandni Chowk. The Gurdwara is at a walking distance from the Metro Station. However one can also opt for the Rickshaws.
View of Gurdwara from outside.
GURUDWARA SIS GANJ SAHIB
This Gurdwara is one of the oldest and the historical Gurdwaras of Delhi .The Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is built at the site in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi. It is also one of the most famous Gurdwaras of Delhi. Even my great grand parents used to visit the Gurdwara in their times.Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib was built to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur.
The parking for the Gurudwara
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib is built , where the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded on the orders of the Mughal emperor in 1675 A.D., Aurangzeb, for refusing to convert to Islam. Actually Aurangzeb wanted Guru Teg Bahadur Ji to leave Sikhism religion and get converted into Islam. Then Guru Tegh Bahdur Ji refused for the religion conversion. Then Aurangzeb gave him the option for either convert the religion or they will cut their head. Guru Ji opted for the second option . At that time Aurangzeb cut Guru Ji’ s head or Sis.It is said that when Guru Tegh Bahadur died, no one had the courage to pick up his body.Suddenly, it started raining heavily.
Before his body could be quartered and exposed to public view, it was stolen under the cover of darkness by one of his disciples.Lakhi Shah Vanjara one of his followers , brought Guru Ji’s body to his house and
then burnt his house to cremate the Guru’s body. This place is marked by another Gurdwara, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib. The head was taken to Chakk Nanaki in Anandpur Sahib.After almost a century, Baba Baghel Singh, a devotee of Guru Teg Bahadur, discovered the site where Guruji was beheaded. He was the one who built the Sisganj Gurdwara. The well where Guruji took his daily bath, while being imprisoned, is also there in the Sis Ganj Gurdwara. Then, there is the enclosed structure where Guruji was held captive as a prisoner before his beheading.There is also a the trunk of the banyan tree under which the Guru was martyred.
The first entry of the Gurudwara
Before entering the Gurudwara , one has to cover your head. The entry of Gurdwara is marked by the Juta Ghar or the Shoe Place for removing your shoes.
The Juta ( Shoes ) Ghar
Moving further , we reach the Karha Prasad place .
Then we enterd into the main hall. A truly divine feeling. The Guru Granth Sahib Ji ( The religious Book ) is kept under this Gold Cabinet or we say it the Sone ka Chather.
If you all can see there is a camera installed. Actually a News Channel does Live recording of the Gurbani and the Kirtan everyday in the morning and evening. My family everyday watch this live recording in the house does doing the visual Darshan daily.
The Ragis doing the Kirtan
After sitting there for an hour we moved further.
This is the Shahidi Asthan of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji. Actually one has to walk down a few steps. This is the place called as the Shahidi Sthan of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded by an executioner called Jalal-ud-din Jallad, who belonged to the town of Samana in Haryana. The spot of the execution was under a banyan tree
Guru Ji’s head was carried by Bhai Jaita, a disciple of the Guru, to Anandpur where the nine-year old Guru Gobind Singh Ji cremated it.
The second entry for the Gurudwara
Just at the opposite side of the Gurudwara at the Fountain Chowk , is the museum called as Bhai Mati Das Bhai Sati Das Bhai Dyala Museum.Then we visited the Museum.
Actually Bhai Mati Das , along with his younger brother Bhai Sati Das and Bhai Dyal Das, all disciples of Guru Teg Bahadur, were executed in the Chandni Chowk under the orders of emperor Aurangzeb.
Mati Das while standing erect was tied between two posts. He was asked if he had any parting words, to which Mati Das answered, “I request only that my head be turned toward my Guru as I am executed.” Two executioners placed a double-handed saw on his head. Mati Das serenely uttered “Ek Onkar” and started reciting the Japji Sahib, the great morning prayer of the Sikhs. He was sawn across from head .
Dyal Das abused the Emperor and his courtiers for this act. He was tied up like a round bundle and thrown into a huge cauldron of boiling oil. He was roasted alive into a block of charcoal.
Sati Das condemned these brutalities. He was hacked to pieces limb by limb.
For remembering all these three followers of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji , this museum has been built just opposite to the Gurudwara.
A model of Bhai Mati Das in the Museum showing how he was killed .
By this time it was 7pm and then we came out of the Museum. I was again recharged after doing the Darshan. With full of energy now we were ready to roam around the conjested streets of Chandni Chowk.Also we were feeling hungry. But we had no problem for the food joints here.Will Describe all this later in the second part.
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To be continued…..