(Last Updated on : 04/09/2013)
The Majnu ka Tila Gurudwara is situated opposite Timarpur Colony beyond Khyber Pass. The Majnu ka Tila Gurudwara is dedicated to Guru Nanak who sanctified this place in 15th century. There is an interesting story behind the construction of the Gurudwara. It is believed that a 'fakir' (Muslim hermit) used to live on the banks of the River Yamuna during the rule of Sultan Sikandar Lodi. His only aim was to carry people across the river for free and to meditate and pray all day long. He hungered so much for the 'darshan' (view) of God that the local people started calling him 'Majnu', after the legendary Persian lover. One fine day, he lastly had the chance to meet Guru Nanak, who blessed him and helped him achieve enlightenment.
Henceforth, he became a zealous devotee of Guru Nanak. It was his hermitage on the banks the River Yamuna that later came to be known as Majnu-ka-Tila. The prestigious site of Majnu ka Tila Gurudwara, New Delhi, has seen numerous discourses among yogis, Sufis, fakirs and Guru Nanak. Guru Har Gobind Singh, the 6th Guru also stayed at the Gurudwara when Emperor Jehangir invited him. Gradually, this place invited attention and acquired significance and a gurudwara was eventually built here. The complex also houses a vast well. Every year the birth anniversary of Khalsa is celebrated at the Gurudwara on Baisakhi with much flourish and a 'langar' (free deliverance of food) is arranged for all.