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Gurudwara Dam Dama Sahib

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The Gurudwara Damdama Sahib is located in Delhi close to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin. The Gurudwara is a place of historical significance as this is the site where Guru Gobind Singh met with Emperor Bahadur Shah. Delhi has been an important point in the Sikh history and culture. It has been a witness to several important events in the Sikh history. The city features several important Sikh monuments. The Gurudwara Damdama Sahib is situated in South Delhi and is among the most important Gurudwaras in Delhi.

The Gurudwara is open all around the year and visitors at the Gurudwara can sit there for as long as they wish. They can read scriptures, pray or listen to kirtans that are chanted by priests. Prasad is distributed to devotees usually consisting of suji or atta halwa. Community service in the form of langars is conducted regularly in the Gurudwara. Apart from the regular langar conducted by the Gurudwara committee several Sikh organizations conduct langar in the Gurudwara. The location of the Gurudwara Damdama Sahib is soaked in history. The Gurudwara is not very huge but is built beautifully.

The structure is crafted from white marble. Lower section of the Gurudwara has the langar hall which is huge and is surrounded on all sides with an arcade. Above the langar hall, is the main Gurudwara. The upper structure of the Gurudwara when seen from a distance seems to be floating because of the presence of arcade in the lower floor.

The prayer hall of the Gurudwara is surrounded by terrace on all sides. The roof of the Gurudwara has four domes at each corner. The domes are placed on rectangular bases typical of the Sikh style of architecture. The central Gurudwara is placed on top of a platform which is two storied. The entire structure of the Gurudwara is designed beautifully. The Gurudwara has a broad parikrama. There is a flight of steps that lead to the Gurudwara. The steps have two landings which give a wonderful approach to the Gurudwara.

Around the Gurudwara are beautifully manicured gardens. The lawns are beautifully designed and bordered by flowerbeds. The Gurudwara Damdama Sahib celebrates the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla with full gaiety. Every year the Gurudwara is visited by large number of people during the celebration in the month of February and March. The day of Hola Mohalla is same as Holi and signifies the wonderful time spent by the guru here. A procession is carried out from the Gurudwara Damdama Sahib till the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. During the occasion the Gurudwara is visited by nihangs and jathas from Dhadis.


The Gurudwara Damdama Sahib was initially built in 1783 by Sardar Bhagel Singh. It was built when a huge army of Sikhs occupied Delhi. The Gurudwara was originally quite small but later was expanded and renovated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. A deohri was built during the renovation and several quarters were added for priests and devotees. A new building was added to the Gurudwara in 1984.

The Gurudwara Damdama Sahib is associated with Guru Gobind Singh. It is the place where Guru Gobind Singh met the Prince Muazzam who later went on to become Emperor Bahadur Shah. When Guru Gobind Singh visited Delhi in 1707, the prince asked him for help in the battle to succession of the throne. The meeting of the prince and Guru Gobind Singh took place near the Humayun Tomb and they crafted a strategy. An entertainment program of bull and elephant fights was organized during the meeting.
Guru Gobind Singh promised to help the prince in his conquest for the throne if he would help the guru in punishing those responsible for the murder of his sons. The prince promised the guru and later the guru helped him beat his brother to get the throne.

There is no record on why the Humayun Tomb was chosen for the meeting. However because of the fact that two important personalities were involved in the meeting, a secluded place was selected. The prince came from Red Fort and camped at the site and guru came from the Gurudwara Moti Bagh and camped behind the tomb.
When Guru Gobind Singh arrived at the camping site he was given the guard of honor by the Mughal army. The guru was presented with a number of gifts and a lot of respect. During the meeting all the atrocities done by the previous generations were forgotten.

How to Reach Gurudwara Damdama Sahib

The Gurudwara Damdama Sahib is easy to reach. It is located in East Nizamuddin near the Humayun Tomb. The closest metro station is the Jangpura metro station. From the station visitors can take taxis or auto rickshaws to reach the destination. Apart from metro people can also take buses, taxis or auto rickshaws from any part of the Delhi to reach the Gurudwara Damdama Sahib.


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