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Today on this occasion of Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday, We bring you few Gurdwaras of Delhi that Gur

Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru of Nanak. He was born at Patna, Bihar, India, on December 22, 1666. Guru Gobind Singh was the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who gave his life to protect religious freedom. He succeeded his father when he became a Guru at nine years of age. Guru Gobind Singh's teachings have a big impact on Sikhs.

Delhi is an important centre for those interested in Sikh history. It has been an important city for Sikh’s over centuries and also saw several of the Sikh Gurus visit Delhi. As Delhi was the centre of the Mughal Empire in India, inevitably some of Sikh history was played out here, during the interaction of the Gurus with the ruling Mughal emperors. It is interesting that among the ten historic Gurdwaras of Delhi, some commemorate the visit by Guru Gobind Sign Jee. Today on this auspicious day when Guru Gobind Singh was born, we bring you two Gurdwaras of Delhi that Guruji had visited.

Gurdwara Nanak Piao

It is interesting that among the ten historic gurdwaras of Delhi some commemorate the visit by Guru Nanak dev jee, the first Sikh Guru and others the visit by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh jee.
Gurdwara Nanak Piao near the edge of Delhi and not far from the Subzi Mandi is the site visited by Guru Nanak.

A highlight of the Gurdwara is that at this important crossroad into Delhi, many travellers would pass by, and a piao or a watershed was created here for all travellers.  While Guru jee was in residence here, many thousands came to meet him and listen to his discourses and this became a missionary centre – a Dharamsala.

Many years later this place was transformed into a Gurdwara and came to be known as Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib.

Gurdwara Moti Bagh

Gurdwara Moti Bagh commemorates the visit by Guru Gobind Singh the tenth Sikh Guru. This Gurdwara is located on the Ring Road between Rama Krishna Puram and Dhaula Kuan in New Delhi.

Guru Gobind Singh jee camped with his warriors in a garden here owned by a merchant, Moti Ram.Guru Ji came to Delhi at the request of Prince Muazzam, hiswho was later to become Emperor Bahadur Shah, as he believhewas the rightful claim to the throne of Delhi. 

Besides being the spiritual head of the Sikhs, Gurujee was a highly trained warrior who led his Khalsas to use the sword to fight against injustice and oppression.  He was also an ace archer.  From a tall building at this site, Guruji announced his arrival in Delhi by shooting an arrow from Moti Bagh to the Red Fort a distance of over eight miles.  The arrow struck the right foot of the chair that the Prince Muazzam was sitting on.  The Prince took this as a miracle, till a second arrow followed with a note from Guruji stating that this was not a miracle, but skill in archery.  The Prince was impressed with the Guru’s supremacy in martial arts.

Gurdwara Damdama Sahib

 

Gurdwara Damdama Sahib located in the heart of South Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, commemorates a meeting between Guru Gobind Singh the tenth Sikh Guru and the Mughal Prince Muazzam, who was later to become Emperor Bahadur Shah.

This grand marble structure of the Gurdwara nestles amidst a thick green cover and is situated near the historic Humayun’s Tomb. Guruji agreed to help Prince Muazzam in the war of succession as his cause was just.

Guru Sahib met the Prince at this place to draw up their strategy. He promised to help the Prince if he would punish all those responsible for the treacherous killing of Gurujee’s sons and for destroying his army and his city, Anandpur.
With Gurujee”s support Prince Muazzam won the battle and was declared the new Mughal Emperor of Delhi

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