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A Sikh Rest House

A Bunga forms an important element in Sikh tradition. This building served as a rest house and a center for preaching Sikhism. Numerous such buildings were built in and around the gurdwaras. In the premises of a gurdwara, a bunga was usually built near the circular path surrounding the sanctum.

Bungas were built by the religious authorities governing a Gurdwara or by the villagers living its vicinity. Apart from serving as a rest house for the pilgrims visiting a Gurdwara, the Bunga also functioned as a center of Sikh missionary service. As is the norm with most Sikh buildings, this building featured the finest in Sikh murals.

Many of the old Bungas still exists today, although many are being destroyed to make way for new developments planned around a Gurdwara.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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