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TGIF! Here’s Some Trivia!

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ਸਰੀ ਹਰਿ ਕਿਸ਼ਨ ਧਿਆਈਝ ਜਿਸ ਡਿਠੇ ਸਭਿ ਦਖਿ ਜਾਇ॥

sree har kishan dhhiaaeeai jis ddit(h)ae sabh dhukh jaae
(And then I reflect on) the most venerable Guru Har Krishan, seeing whom all the sufferings melt away

From Guru Gobind Singh ji ‘s Chandi Di Vaar which we read everyday in Ardas*

Night view of sarovar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, India

 

Way back in 1664, before the Gurudwara, there was a bungalow ‘Jaisinghpura Palace’ at this very spot that belonged to Mirza Raja Jai Singh. The word ‘Bangla Sahib’ is derived from bungalow /bangla.

When 7 years old Guru Har Krishan ji (8th Sikh guru) came to Delhi, he stayed in this very bungalow as Raja’s guest. That time there was an epidemic of small pox in Delhi. Numerous devotees came in everyday to see the little Guru. Guru Har Krishan ji helped the suffering by offering aid and fresh water from the well at this bungalow. He healed thousands with his miraculous touch. It is said that the Guru ultimately took the illness upon himself and died in this very bungalow.

In the year 1783 Sardar Bhagel Singh, a Sikh military general, established as many as nine gurudwaras in Delhi including Bangla Sahib.

The well from where Guru Har Krishan ji offered water to his devotees is now the ‘sarovar‘ (holy pond). Its water is revered for its healing properties and is taken home by devotees from across the globe. The Sikhs regard it as holy water or ‘Amrit‘.

 

*prayer or benti to the Lord

 

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TGIF! Here’s Some Trivia!

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Mihrab

The Mihrab, from inside and outside the main chamber of Humayun’s Tomb. Delhi, India

 

Mihrab, also known as a prayer niche, is a common element of Islamic Mosque architecture throughout the world.

The mihrab is symbolically cut over the jaali or marble lattice screen in Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In place of the traditional Surah An-Noor (Commandments) of Quran inscribed on the mihrabs, there is just an outline allowing light to enter from the Qibla or direction of the Mecca.

Mecca is the city in which the Prophet Muhammad was born, and the home of the most important Islamic site, the Kaaba. The direction of Mecca is called the Qibla, and so the wall in which the Mihrab is set is called the Qibla Wall.

 

  • mihrab in India will be to the west, while a one in Egypt will be to the east.
  • The origin of Mihrab is non religious. A special room (used for private worship) in the house was referred as mihrab
  • Mihrabs vary in size, are usually ornately decorated and designed to give the impression of an arched doorway or a passage to Mecca
  • The mihrab originated in the reign of the Umayyad prince al-Walīd I (705–715), during which time the famous mosques at Medina, Jerusalem, and Damascus were built

 

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library @ New Delhi

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A sudden weekend plan with friends finally had us going to Nehru Memorial Museum and Library @ New Delhi. We usually take our own city bucket list of places to see / explore for guaranteed ….. Thank God we at least have one ticked as done now 🙂   The day was spent well despite the uncomfortable humidity and heat.

The museum, a part of the Teen Murti grounds, was earlier the official residence of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Its a huge campus with sprawling well kept green lawns and a wonderful collection of Indian History through photographs, paper clipping and more

What saddened me was the way school children made the place noisy with least interest shown by them and their teachers in the place. It was more like a quick stroll and picnic time on the lawns ….. that’s one of the bitter truths of education system in some of our schools.

The planetarium, with its aim being the promotion of astronomy education, is much small compared to the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata and since I have been there as a kid …… this one in Delhi unfortunately did not appeal to me 😦 There is much room for improvement considering its in the capital of our country.

One of the attractions of this place is the Soyuz T-10 which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma to space, along with his space suit and mission journal.

A good place to take your school going kids and for you too if history and astronomy appeals / interests you.

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soyuz (1)Soyuz T-10 along with the space suit and mission journal.
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