The term “Gurudwara” or the sacred place of worship for the Sikhs is a majestic structure to reckon with. Literally, the Gurudwara means “guru’s door”. Primarily a holy shrine of the Sikhs, people from different religious backgrounds are also welcome here.
Gurudwaras in Indore
Sikhism is one of the major practised religions in Indore. The city which is historically connected to Sikhism has a number of Gurudwaras in and around Indore. All of them are managed by a committee of members which divides them into two primary categories; the administered gurudwaras and associated gurudwaras.
Indore gurudwaras like the Gurudwara Imli Sahib and Gurudwara Charan Paduka Betma Sahib attract numerous Sikh pilgrims across the country. Their importance as religious structures is compounded by their impressive architectural style and as community centers. Gilded domes, canopies and interior frescoes make the gurudwaras in Indore a sight to explore. Tourists will also be fascinated by the numerous cultural programs and religious festivals that the eminent gurudwaras in the city organize. Enjoy their architectural splendour built from the values they uphold; austere beauty, exquisite intricacy and progressiveness.
Some of the famous Gurudwaras in Indore include:
Gurudwara Imli Sahib:
(Guru Nanak Chowk, P.Y. Road)- The gurudwara is one of the most prominent gurudwaras in Indore. It is among the directly administered gurudwaras in the city. Most of the important festivals
and programs are held here. Centrally located in Rajwada, it is thronged with visitors from within and outside India. Innumerable devotees come here to seek spiritual knowledge, bliss and inner peace at this holy shrine. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji diverted his route from the southern states of India towards north-west and came to Indore in 1567.
Gurudwara Imli Sahib
Being socio-cultural centers for the local Sikh community, the gurudwaras organize annual festivals which promote harmony and community spirit. As a tourist, you can also participate in the celebratory mood that revolves around these festivals. Indeed, one of the biggest celebrations in Indore is the Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav, which usually starts with the devotional Nagar kirtan in Imli Sahib Gurudwara in Rajwada, Indore. All the members of the local Sikh community walk the streets singing psalms and playing various musical instruments for several kilometres before ending at the Imli Sahib gurudwara.
Gurudwara Charan Betma Sahib
(Ratlam Road, Betma)- This is another well known gurudwara in Indore. It is located in a small village called Betma. Betma is an old town in Malwa, and a nagar panchayat in the Indore district, M.P. The Betma Sahib gurudwara is noted for its historical significance as it was thought to be the place where Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited during his ascetic southern tour, or second “Udasi” (meaning tour). These missionary travels were part of his spiritual pilgrimages to spread the divine message realized by him.
Gurudwara Charan Betma Sahib
Tourists will be mesmerized by the simplicity and elegance of this gurudwara which comes with a white dome. A simple arched gateway is flanked by two smaller ones at the entrance. Along with Gurudwara Imli Sahib, Gurudwara Topkhana, Gurudwara Omkareshwar Sahib and two other gurudwaras, the Betma Sahib is also directly administered by the Sikh managing committee.
Gurudwara Top Khana (M.G. Road, Indore)- This gurudwara is a favoured site not only for Sikhs who come to pray here, but also visitors from other religious faiths who are pulled by the intricate detailing carved on the walls of this gurudwara. The colour of this gurudwara is a slight reddish-pink of sandstone and is a fascinating sight to see especially through the Indore sunset. There are pointed arched windows decorated intricately with “jaali” or lattice work.
Other Gurudwaras in Indore worth visiting are:
- LIG Gurudwara,
Address: LIG Square
Agra-Bombay Road, Indore
Phone: 2554147, 9827714749
- Gurudwara Omkareshwar Sahib
Address: Mortakka, Omkareshwar
( 15 km from Barwaha)
- Gurudwara Mata Gujriji
Address: Sudama Nagar, Indore
- Gurudwara Shri Guru Harkishan Sahib Ji
Address: Sant Nagar, Indore
- Gurudwara Dashmesh Darshan
Address: 165 Bairathi Colony No.2 Indore
Phone: 2471761, 2469118
- Gurudwata Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji
Address: Vishnupuri Colony Annex, Indore
- Gurudwara Radio Colony
Address: Radio Colony, Indore
- Gurudwara Shri Amardas Ji
Address: Pratap Nagar, Manik Bagh Road,
- Gurudwara Shri Guru Sahib
Address: Nanda Nagar, Indore
All these gurudwaras in Indore are not only places of worship for the Sikhs holding prayer services but also where social gatherings and learning take place. Their tradition of community kitchen and food charity for people of all faiths helps to build and preserve social harmony. If you are visiting the Indore Gurudwaras, soak yourself in this fervent spirit of togetherness by dining from their Guru ka Langar (community kitchen) and celebrating their religious festivals uniting people irrespective of their faith.