Tourists visiting Gwalior Fort are sure to pass by a super white structure within the Fort premises. It is the Gurdwara Data Bandi Chhod built in 1970 in memory of the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib.
The Guru was imprisoned by the erstwhile Mughal Emperor Jehangir in the Gwalior Fort and it is alleged that upon his release, he insisted that 52 other prisoners be freed as well. To mark the ocassion, the Sikh celebrate Diwali at this Gurdwara and call it the Bandi Chhod Divas.
A priest belonging to the Gurudwara informed me that free accommodation and food is provided to many over there. Tourists also are free to take up the offer. I was invited for lunch as well. For lack of time, I just went around the Gurudwara, took a few pictures and proceeded to the rest of the Fort area.
The Gurudwara is grand and huge. It is constructed fully of marble and the kalashes at the top are made of gold.
When I was visited the Gurdwara, the recital of the Guru Granth Sahib was going on and the surrounding atmosphere was peaceful.