New Delhi (NVI): The Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib complex in the heart of Delhi will be developed as a major Sikh pilgrimage centre.
The gurdwara is associated with 9th Sikhism Guru Tegh Bahadur.
According to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the holy well of the gurdwara complex will be revived and rejuvenated by building recharge structures through leveraging technology and eco-friendly methodologies which is likely to be completed by next three months.
“The sacred water of this holy well was used for undertaking yogurt bath for dismembered body of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji before his creamation in November 1675 at Raisina hill Village where magnificent Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib was constructed in the year 1783 at a cost of 25 lakh rupees in 12 years time period,” he said.
“Round shape well will be excavated around 80 feet deep with active assistance of geohydrologist experts on natural water resource management to ensure fresh water from the well from all sides round the year,” he added.
“Around 1000 year-old well, which has been lying idle and dry from last 100 years, will be revived by next three months and the magical water drawn from the well, having healing properties, will be distributed to visiting devotees as ‘jal prasad (holy water) through ‘Chhabil’ constructed near entry gate of gurdwara,” he further added.
“The Sword associated with Ninth Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and other articles of artifacts like Stamp belonging to Guru Sahib which are kept in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib will be highlighted in proper perspective to teach and educate younger generation about glorious history of Sikh Religion,” he said in a statement.
“Services of renowned archaeologists will be hired for conservation of this extremely rare sword who was used by Sikh Guru in the battle of Kartarpur in the year 1635,” he added.
He also said that it has been decided that new building structures will be constructed at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to develop modern amenities and latest facilities to the visiting devotees for which around 2.5 crore rupees will be spent to construct 5000 square feet new eco friendly double storey buildings.
“A new Chhabil has been constructed this year in Gurdwara complex for providing clean water to visiting devotees under which water tanks having 5000 litres storage capacity with RO facilities have been set up to meet drinking water needs of the gurdwara devotees,” he said.
“The present management has added many new facilities for visiting pilgrims to facilitate their visit and enhance their stay at the holy shrine,” DSGMC president informed.
He further informed that round-the-clock langar service has been in operation to provide hot tasty food to the needy, poor and visiting devotees keeping the best traditions of the sikh religion intact.