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The Persian Hammam or Royal Baths

 

Traditional floral fresco paintings on the ceiling of Hammam-i-Shahi

The earliest evidence of bathroom is from the Indus Valley (Harappa & Mohenjo-daro) Civilization ~6000+ years ago.  In Iranian culture Persian bath or hammam or bathhouse existed prior to the Islamic period. However, their number were limited due to the Zoroastrian religion’s reverence for the holy element of water. But in the medieval times, with the conversion of the population of Iran to Islam, bathhouses grew in numbers.

The Indo Persian hammam in Bharatpur Fort-Palace, Rajasthan, India

During that time the influence was visible in the royal bath’s of India too since we did have Turks-Mughals rulers. Even the Rajput & Jat rulers built similar baths in Indo (Rajput)- Persian style in their palaces. The ceilings & walls of the hammam’s are beautifully decorated with traditional fresco paintings (flowers, creepers)

This beautiful Hammam-i-Shahi (quite like a modern spa) was built by Maharaja Jawahar Singh in Indo-Persion architectural style (mid 18th century). The royal bath has two sections: one being the highly decorative inner section with lots of jaali window for flow of natural light and air circulation. The hammam has the provision of mixing hot and cold water too.

The highly decorative inner section of the hammam

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Bathhouses grew in numbers in the medieval times

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Another ceiling fresco pattern

 

 

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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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The mantra chanted while ringing the temple bell

Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam,
Kurve ghantaaravam tatra devataahvaahna lakshanam

(I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, so that virtuous and noble forces enter;
and the demonic and evil forces, from within and without, depart)

 

Ghanta or Temple Bells | Purnagiri

 Trivia on Significance of Temple Bells

“.….here is a scientific reason behind temple bell presence.  The bell is not made up of just an ordinary metal. It is made of various metals (panchaa dhaatu or asthaa dhaatu) like cadmium, lead, copper, silver, gold, brass, iron, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese.

The proportion at which each one of them is mixed is the real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centres or chakras in your body. The moment the bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts.  Invariably you enter the state of trance, a state where you are very receptive. …...”

 

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