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Gurudwara Rakab Ganj

Rakab Ganj Sahib is an important historic Gurdwara in Delhi, India. It’s located at the exact spot where Dhan Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur's headless body was cremated after the Mughal executioner Jalaudin of Samana beheaded the ninth Guru of the Sikhs. Two brave Sikhs of the Guru, Bhai Lakhi Shah Banjara and his son, Bhai Naghaiya rescued the headless body of the revered ninth Sikh Guru from Chandni Chowk, Delhi after the execution of the Guru.

When it comes to beauty and magnificence of art and craft, Rakab Ganj Gurudwara is one of the most beautiful and photogenic monuments in New Delhi. Gurudwara is located at Pant Road in New Delhi. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib was constructed in the year 1732, by Lakhi Banjara, one of the followers of martyred Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur who also performed his last rites. . There is an interesting legend attached to Rakaabganj Gurudwara of New Delhi.
 
The legend has it that Lakhi ran away to his home with the body of Guruji. There, he cremated the headless body of the guru. It is said that in order to avoid suspicion, he did not make a pyre. Rather, he placed the body of the guru on a bed inside his home and then burnt the entire house. You will find that the white exterior and impressive domes of the gurudwara make it a place worth visiting. The building stands surrounded by a beautiful, blossoming garden.

There is an entrance on each of the four sides of the gurdwara, symbolizing the fact that it welcomes people of all caste or creed. It is estimated that the construction cost of the Rakab Ganj Gurdwara came to somewhere around 25 lakh rupees and it took 12 years to complete the monument. The Gurdwara Rakab Ganj was built there to commemorate the event. It is said that at that time, the area was a market for stirrups - the 'stirrup' is known as 'Rakab' and 'market' is known as 'Ganj'. Thus, the name of the shrine as Rakab Ganj Gurdwara!
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