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Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Central Delhi, was built in the memory of the 8th Sikh Guru,Sri Harkishen Sahib. It is one of the important historical Gurdwaras in Delhi.

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is famous as a Sikh pilgrimage center. It is one of the most important historical and sacred pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh community.

Everyday, hundreds of people come here for food & shelter. Most of them rest in the shades of the corridors which surround the central pond. The woman in the FG is one such person, who’d come for food. Tried to create the perspective with the columns.

It's not a matter of survival for everyone who eats there in the Gurudwara - in fact, most people with whom we met looked happy and healthy, and had probably come as members of the spiritual community. But it's there for anyone who needs it, and in a city of 13 million (and rapidly growing), an open, organized, clean, reliable, and free food source couldn't be more valuable. It's a great testament to the stability of a well-organized grassroots effort. While countless hours pass in board rooms and over policy debates to establish government-subsidized and NGO programs for feeding the hungry, a crew of volunteers at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib feeds thousands upon thousands of their neighbors with no intervention, no fuss, and no strings attached.

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