Gurdwara Nanak Shahi, Dhaka

Gurdwara Name Gurdwara Nanak Shahi Address Dhaka University
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Sarai Available yes Sarai Contact Information Bhai Piara Singh- head priest
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Sarai Room Count 12
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History Sikhism made its debut in Dhaka when Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, visited Dhaka in 1504. He started spreading his message in 1499 from Punjab and travelled many parts of Asia on foot. During his brief stay in Dhaka he left his ideals in the minds of many. The Gurdwara in Dhaka was established to commemorate his visit. The temple on the DU campus is believed to have been built at the initiative of a Sikh priest, Bhai Nathan, sent by the sixth Sikh guru, Hargobind Ji (1606-1645), during the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir. He laid the foundation stone. After that the work continued slowly and it was finished in the year 1830. Beside the dome rests a handwritten Guru Granth Sahibji. It is in original handwriting of the Gurus who visited Dhaka.
Remarks There are five Gurdwaras in Bangladesh , two in Dhaka (DU campus and Banglabazar), two in Chittagong and one in Mymensingh . There were eighteen historical Gurdwara's in Bangladesh but now only five were left. The karsewa is being carry out at Gurdwara Nanakshashi, Gurdwara Sangat Tola, Dhaka, Gurdwara Pahar Tali, Punjabi Lane, Chittagong where a Darbar Hall and a Langar Hall have been constructed. Sampardai chief Baba Sukha Singh informed that they had appointed permanent eight ragi and granthi's for various religious services in the Gurdwara's. One school each would be constructed in Dhaka and Chittagong. He said they would also appoint a permanent Punjabi teacher after completion of school buildings. He said that Bangladesh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Suresh Kumar and secretary Naraindas alias Pappu looks after the management of the Gurdwara's. Since Bangladesh has no Sikh population a large number of Bengali Hindu's as well as few Muslims attends the daily prayer service.