Revamped Ulsoor gurdwara to get clinic, parking | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The 77-year-old Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Ulsoor is undergoing renovation to make room for a larger structure, which is expected to be inaugurated on Guru Nanak Jayanti in November 2021. The new building will have a bigger langar hall, a resting place for visitors and a clinic for all.
Constructed in 1943 after the land was donated by a Sikh family which had migrated to Bengaluru during the British era, the gurdwara was inaugurated by then collector PM Jayarajan Eso on April 13, 1946. Since then, it has been a major place of worship for over 22,000 Sikh families living here. In 1975, the first floor was constructed as the number of worshippers increased drastically. “In the 15th century when Guru Nanak Dev was returning from his pilgrimage to Rameswaram, he stopped in Bengaluru en route at what today is the MEG & Centre. Commemorating the anniversary of his visit, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Ulsoor was constructed with the Guru Granth Sahib placed at the site. Initially, just over 10 Sikh families who migrated here worshipped at the city’s first gurdwara, which would later grow into a shrine for hundreds of Sikhs migrating to this tech hub,” said Chiranjiv Singh, a former IAS officer and retired additional chief secretary to the government of Karnataka, who is now part of the renovation committee.
Apart from the donated parcel, the additional land on which the gurdwara stands was given by the city’s civic body three decades ago on a 50-year lease. The gurdwara committee also runs a school on the premises for over 450 kids from economically weaker section. The renovation began in June. Portions of the old gurdwara have been razed but the core structure constructed in the 1940s has been retained. “As per our tradition, no gurdwara can be demolished but only renovated for worship,” said Kuldeep Singh, general secretary of the committee.
Singh said a temporary structure has been erected for devotees and serving of langar. “The new state-of-the-art structure, coming up in area which is a little less than an acre, will have a clinic, yatri nivas (visitors’ resting place) to accommodate over 100 people, a bigger langar hall and a basement parking,” he added.
According to Hardeep Singh, joint secretary of the committee, basement parking is being built keeping in mind the traffic congestion caused on the road when devotees come for worship. “Car parking is a big problem, especially on Sundays when over 6,000 people visit and on festivals when the turnout is nearly 25,000. The basement area is designed to accommodate up to 70 cars and 500 two-wheelers at a time,” he added.
Committee members expect the main structure to come up by March and the newly renovated gurdwara to be inaugurated in November on the occasion of Gurpurab.
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