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Gurudwara Bal Leela Maini Sangat

Gurdwara Bal Leela

Close to Takhat Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji Patna is Gurudwara Bal Leela Maini Sangat. Situated in a narrow lane, the Gurudwara was established on August 28, 1668, as a wood carving on the old front door of the shrine states. It marks the house where Raja Fateh Chand Maini and Rani Vishambhari Devi lived and where Guru Gobind Singh, used to often play as a child.

The story about the Gurudwara is that by the grace of God, Raja Fateh Chand Maini had everything. The only cause of grief and unhappiness for the Raja and his consort was the fact that they were childless. None of the material comforts could fill the vacuum in their lives. Fateh Chand Maini and Vishambhari Devi were great admirers of Pandit Shiv Dutt, a devotee of Lord Rama. Pandit Shiv Dutt then told them about the divine child, Bala Pritam or Gobind Rai. He said that the blessed child would fill their life with hope and joy.

Raja Fateh Chand Maini and his wife regarded Bala Pritam as their own Son. They decided to gift their palace and property to him, converting it into a center for the congregation. Years later, a beautiful Sikh shrine was constructed at the site, and it was named Gurudwara Bal Leela Maini Sangat. The tradition of serving boiled gram and puris as Prasad (consecrated food) in memory of Bala Pritam also continues here. And, unlike other gurudwaras in Patna, the Prasad here is served by Nirmala Sikhs.


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