Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh BahadurKahnapur or Kanhaiyapur might have transformed into the bustling city of Kanpur but certain relics of the past have changed little. One of these is the historic Gurudwara of Guru Tegh Bahadur which was developed in its present form by Sant Praduman Singh during beginning of 20th century.
Historical Significance of Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur
The gurudwara dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Sikh Guru is unique as the Sikh guru had stayed at this place in 1665 while on way from Etawah to Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Kahnapur or Kanhaiyapur was a small village at that time and given the limited accommodation available, the Sikh Guru had halted for the night at the place where Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur now stands.
Architecture of Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur
The present gurudwara building is a three floor building. The sanctum of the gurudwara is located on the first floor and also has a high ceiling hall which adds an exclusive touch to the gurudwara building.
Rituals at Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur
Devotees of all castes and creeds visit the historic Gurudwara Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur. True to its spirit, the Sikh devotees help visitors observe certain rituals in the gurudwara premises, even if they are not aware of the same.
These include covering the head, removing shoes, bowing before Guru Granth Sahib, accepting prasad and enjoying the meal in the kitchen. At any given time, Sikh devotees can be seen offering their services at Shri Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Like any other Gurudwara in the country, Gurudwara Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur hosts daily rituals like kirtan, where devotees sing devotional hymns taken from religious texts of Sikhism. Gurbani or recitation of daily prayers is a regular affair at the gurudwara and devotees and granthis recite the same with religious fervour. Ardras, seeking blessings from the Guru, too is offered by the devotees who visit the gurudwara on a daily basis.
Special Events at Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur
Gurudwara Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur is an important Sikh shrine in Kanpur. Apart from the daily rituals, certain special events too are held in the gurudwara compound in which the Sikh community of Kanpur participates with enthusiasm.
One of the special events in Gurudwara Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur is recitation of Akhand Paath which is the continued recitation of Guru Granth Sahib. Anand Karaj or the traditional Sikh weddings too are performed in the gurudwara premises and Sikh families from Kanpur take pride in scheduling this important event of their lives in the Gurudwara while seeking the blessings of Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Seva or community service is an important part of Sikh culture and on any given day, one witnesses large presence of Sikh devotees who come to offer their services in Gurudwara. Langar or food from Gurudwara kitchen is served free to the devotees for free. Special Langar is offered on Sunday and devotees from all over the region head to the Gurudwara. They seek the blessings of Guru Tegh Bahadur and take langar from the Gurudwara kitchen which is considered as a Prasad.
How to Reach
The Gurudwara is located near Sarafa Chowk region in Dhobi Mohalla and can be accessed from any part of Kanpur city. Local city bus, taxis and auto rickshaw can be taken to reach the Gurudwara.