Amongst all the remarkable landmarks in Indore, one excellent illustration of architectural-coalition is idling on Mahatma Gandhi Road, opposite Indore Press Club in Khatipura. It is none other than Gurudwara Topkhana Sahib, one of the historic Sikh Mandirs of Indore. I may have forded it a zillion times in the past, but today, I chose to stay and get to know its story. Not much is written or known about this striking yet unconcernedly tucked away temple that is graced, with intricate Mughal and Rajput style architectural designs.
The designs, however, foretell a staggering tale of antiquity. As soon as, you walk inside this Sikh Temple, you will find yourself disengaged from the bordering chaos. The wheel sounds will gently fade away in the backdrop, and the scent of khus-khus (Vetiver) will grow more apparent.
On the day I visited this Gurudwara, it was closed for some ongoing renovation work. So I had to do with courtyard sauntering! This entire Gurudwara is draped, in maroonish-red and gold. One of the prime iron entrances features golden lions on either side. The domes and edges of the walls, also adorned, in the same colour. I love the Jharokha Windows of the temple, embellished with timeless layouts. As much as I would have loved, to trace the historical roots of this Sikh Mandir; I could not catch hold of one person who could divulge authentic information on the subject. Not even the shop owners across the road, whose multiple generations have grown watching this majestic temple.
Indore is home to many Gurudwaras, each absolving balance and compassion. However, Gurudwara Topkhana Sahib holds an imperative spot in Indore’s religious history. For centuries, this resounding temple has gone out and out to preserve social harmony and build faith. I will update this article as soon as I find out more about this holy place of worship. In the meantime, if you happen to drive past MG road in Indore, do check out this beautiful Sikh temple.