10 Historical Gurdwaras You Should (But Probably Won’t) Visit

1. Stockton, CA.

Built in 1912 it is the first Gurdwara Sahib to be built in the USA. It played an important role in the Gadhari Babai Movement to free India from British Rule.

stockton gurdwara old


2. Paldi Gurdwara Sahib on Vancouver Island, BC.

The Gurdwara Sahib is located on Vancouver Island in a town named Paldi which is named after the village (in Punjab) of Mayo Singh who arrived in North America (San Francisco) in 1906 and then moved to Vancouver Island to open his company Mayo Lumber Co. The small town was home to about 1500 people and they constructed a Gurdwara Sahib. For more information visit Surrey Sikhs Trying To Save Historic Canadian Paldi Gurdwara

Paldi Gurdwara


3. Ramgarhia Bunga, Amritsar.

Ramgarhia Bunga is located in the Darbar Sahib complex. It was constructed by Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia in 1755. It is a pre-Raja Ranjit Singh structure and was built to fortify the Darbar Sahib complex and to protect it from outside invasion.

bunga amritsar 2

bunga amritsar


4. Makindu Gurdwara in Kenya.

The Gurdwara Sahib bulding was built in 1926. Before that, it was a tiny hut housing Guru Granth Sahib in which Sikhs who lived and worked in the surrounding area would gather to pray. For more information see: Makindu Sikh Temple

makindu kenya gurdwara


5. Janam Asthan Mata Sahib Kaur, Pakistan.

The asthaan where Mata Sahib Kaur the mother of the Khalsa was born. This gurdwara is a reconstruction from Raja Ranjit Singh’s period.


Mata Sahib Kaur Janam Asthaan 1

Mata Sahib Kaur Janam Asthaan 1


6. Silat Road Gurdwara in Singapore.

Opened in 1924 it was created not only for worship and Langar by the Sikhs of Singapore but also to house new immigrants from Punjab until they found employment and had the means to cover their own expenses.



Silat Road Gurdwara

Singapore Gurdwara Silat Road


7. Kalgidhar Darbar in Abbotsford, BC.

One of the most beautiful Gurdwara Sahib’s outside of India. Built on top of a large hill resembling Sri Anandpur Sahib. A great piece of architecture.

kalghidarh abbotsford


8. Oak Creek Gurdwara Sahib, WI.

In remembrance of the innocent Sikhs that lost their lives due to racism and white supremacy in the United States.

wisconsin gurdwara 2



9. The Gurdwara Sahib on the GNDU (Guru Nanak Dev Univerisity) campus in Amritsar.

This Gurdwara Sahib played an integral role for the Sikhs involved in the Sikh Freedom Movement in the 1980’s and 90’s. It was a meeting place for the revolutionary minds during turmoil in Punjab.

GNDU Amritsar 2
GNDU Amritsar


10. Anything from the Human Guru’s period that’s still around…

oh, wait.

old gurdwar decaying




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