Baisakhi Walk to Gurudwaras of Delhi

Celebrating the harvest festival with prayer, genda phool and food

 

Date and Time

Thursday 14 April 2011, 7 am to 11 am

 

Starting & Ending Point

Meeting Point: Chandni Chowk Metro Station, 7 am sharp.

(Chandni Chowk / Town Hall Exit)

Walk ends at Rakabganj Gurudwara, close to Rajeev Chowk Metro Station, 11 am.

Mode of Commuting: Metro/ Walk

 

Description

Baisakhi named after the Indian summer month of Baisakh is a popular harvest festival celebrated all over India, known variedly in different states. It also marks the beginning of the New Year and is especially important for farmers. Baisakhi is also a very important Sikh festival since it was on the day of Baisakhi in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru established the Khalsa Panth (Sikh brotherhood).

On this occasion, we will walk you to some of the historic Gurudwaras (sikh shrines) of Delhi, which are traditionally the centres of prayer and festivity on this auspicious day. We will listen to shabad kirtan (Sikh devotional hymns), and enjoy karah prasad (a sweet preparation served in Gurudwaras) and langar, a community offering of food.

Needless to say, our beloved genda phool will be an inseparable part of this celebration. As part of the walk, we will also visit the Fatehpuri phool mandi (flower market). The historical flower markets of Delhi are slated to soon be history, since the government of Delhi is relocating all the flower markets of Delhi, in a very myopic vein. We must pray for the flowers!

Itinerary

7 am – Collect at meeting point.

7 – 8: 30 am – Walk to Fatehpuri flower market and Sis Ganj Gurudwara, the shrine of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru.

8.30 – 9 am – Metro ride to Rajeev Chowk Metro Station

9 – 10 am – Prayers at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most popular Sikh shrines of Delhi, the shrine of Guru Har Krishan, the 8th guru of the Sikhs. Have Langar (community meal).

10 – 11 am – Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib

11 am – Walk ends at Rakab Ganj Sahib

Registration Details

To register and for details contact Himanshu Verma / 41764054 / himanshu@redearthindia.com

 

Notes:

Please carry the following: umbrella / hat, water.

Wear comfortable footwear.

Dress Code:

Indian. Wear yellow.

Please dress appropriately for the temple.

Carry scarves / handkerchiefs to cover your head.

(Images – Click to enlarge)

Shrine of Bangla Sahib, New Delhi / Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sarovar at Bangla Sahib, photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sisganj, Chandni Chowk / Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sisganj Inner Shrine, Photo: Karan Thapa

Jal Sewa at Bangla Sahib