Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is located in the heart of the city and easily accessible from several directions. A recently built spacious and free underground car park ensures that there are no parking woes, though getting into the car park and out of it, especially during peak hours may take some time as the road leading into it is quite a busy one.
The Gurudwara itself is very large, and well served by volunteers who will keep your shoes and give you a token for them, needed to identify and recover them when you leave. Again, long lines can build up for the queues to deposit and recover the foot wear, but they are orderly and the volunteers pretty efficient.
One walks through a trough of water, climbs a few steps, and comes across a vast courtyard. On the left are counters where you can buy some prasad (if you want to), to carry back with you. There is also a flag staff with the flag of the Sikh faith, which devotees go around. One is require to cover one's head while entering a gurudwara and you can pick up a scarf from a basket here; remember to return it when you leave.
The gurudwara itself, where the Grath Sahib (Holy Book) is kept is quite large and devotees can be seen sitting and praying; I suppose it can seat more than 500 people if required. There are smaller prayer rooms on the first floor where one can ask for special prayers over several days to be conducted by the granthis (priests), These are called Akhand (non-stop) Path (reading of the holy book). There is a donation box, and you are free to give whatever you wish, or not donate at all. There may be a prayer going on and if that be so, expect larger numbers of people inside.
The whole atmosphere is very serene and soothing, quiet and ideal for anyone who wants to be by himself in a place with a lot of positive energy and calming environs.
As you exit, you can, if you wish, receive a handful of kara prasad, but beware, it is very greasy and sweet.
There is a large kitchen which serves simple free food, again run mostly by volunteers; there are also adequate wash room facilities on the site.
On an overall basis, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a great place to visit, it will certainly leave you with a sense of inner peace.
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