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*
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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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe