There are some parts of the world that once visited get into your heart and won’t let go. For me Delhi is such a place when I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land by its lush beauty and exotic architecture by its ability to overload its senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes and souls. It was as if all my life I was seeing the world in black and white and when brought face-to-face with Delhi, experienced every thing rendered in brilliant Technicolor.
The most valuable assets of Delhi as a desirable tourist destination lies in thousands years old historical and cultural heritage and that’s what decided for me to stay and begin my life as a tour guide.
In this city which is flushed with heritage and cultural what intrigued me the most was the holy temple called Bangla Sahib Gurudwara which is the most prominent Sikh gurudwara or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi
Known for its association with the eighth sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan, it was built in 1783 and is situated in Connaught Place in New Delhi .It is instantly recognizable by its stunning golden dome and tall flagpole called the Nishan Sahib. There is a pond present in the complex called the “sarovar”, whose water is considered holy by the Sikhs and is known as “Amrit”.
As history goes of this monument, In 1664 there was a small pox and cholera epidemic and guru har krishan helped the suffering by giving aid and fresh water from the well at his house ,(today the gurdwara).This holy water cured thousands suffering from the epidemic. Interestingly he lost his life to the same epidemic at the age of nine.
One day while taking my usual tour through the temple I came across this leper sitting beside the pond and pouring this holy water on his body and taking away some in a bottle. Wondering what he was doing my tour took my mind off him. In the subsequent days I observed the leper was there doing the same. This carried on for days, weeks and...