Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A pilgrim’s journey through Punjab



The Golden Temple, Amritsar is the most sacred of Sikh shrines, the Golden Temple, is a major pilgrimage destination for devotees from around the world, as well as, an ever-increasing popular tourist attraction. Also part of the complex is the seat of the Sikh temporal authority, the Akal Takhat, the foundation of which was laid in 1606 by Guru Hargobind, who felt that the Sikh faith required a martial tenor. e ground oor of the Akal Takhat was ready by 1774 while the rest of the ve-storied edi ce was completed during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. e present building of the Takht is of a more recent vintage as it was rebuilt following its destruction in 1983 during Operation Blue Star.

Dukhniwaran Sahib, Patiala Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib is built on the site where Guru Tegh Bahadur, on appeal from villagers, sat under a banyan tree to rid their malaise-a ected village of its disease. Translated, dukh nivaran means eradicator of su ering, and the sarovar (tank) here is believed to have healing properties. An extensive covered area has been provided to facilitate devotees who wish to bathe in it.

Sri Takht Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib is the principle shrine in Anandpur Sahib. is is the historic site where, on the day of Vaisakhi in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh initiated his followers into the order of the Khalsa (Sikh nation). Legend maintains that the Guru requested those present to volunteer their heads to him.

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