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Golden Temple Rituals

Golden Temple has fixed Rituals for a day. The day at Amritsar begins very early in the morning at around three o'clock. This pre dawn time is called Amritvela. The inhabitants of the city indulge in the routine activities of bathing and getting ready to pay homage to The Golden Temple also called Darbar Sahib. Devout Sikhs visit this shrine covering the distance on foot. After reaching Golden Temple they take off their shoes and hand them over to the persons performing service (seva) in the Joda Ghar (place to keep footwear before entering the Gurudwara premises). Then they purchase garlands of flowers or Batashe (a kind of sweet offering in the Temple). Cleaning their feet in a trough of running water they enter the Temple premises.

Descending the steps the visitors reach the place where Golden Temple stands as a symbol of Sikh faith and devotion. Visitors bend down and touch their foreheads with the marble floor in reverence to the holy Shrine. As it is customary, they turn left for circumambulation of the Sarovar.

Along the marble path around the Sarovar, there is Dukh Bhanjani Beri (tree under which Rajni's husband got cured). The visit to the Temple is incomplete without taking a plunge in the sacred pool. So, people take a plunge at this spot in a hope that their pains and trouble swill shed off.

Palki Sahib's decoration for bringing Shri Guru Granth Sahib

Early in the morning, a palanquin (Palki) gilded with gold and silver is prepared for bringing Shri Guru Granth Sahib from the Akal Takht. Fresh silk brocade, coverings and cushions are laid in the Palki. Then scented rose water is sprinkled. The head priest (head Granthi) appears with Guru Granth Sahib Ji on a cushion on his head and the worshippers bow their heads. He places Granth Sahib Ji on the cushions of Palki Sahib. Hymns accompanied with drums, nagaras fill the air with rhythm, music and piousness. There are so many people even at this time of the day that there is not enough place to stand properly. Within half an hour the worshippers reach the Darshani Deorhi along with Shri Guru Granth sahib. The head priest reverently carries Guru Granth Sahib in the inner chamber.

Parkash Ceremony

Guru Granth Sahib is placed beneath a velvet canopy (Chandani Sahib) gilded with the silver and gold on velvet cushions and silks laid on Manji Sahib. Very ceremoniously the head priest opens Shri Guru Granth Sahib. The worshippers (sangat) stand silently to listen the vaaq (message of the Lord) for the day.

Then recitation of compositions of Guru Granth Sahib begins with Asa Di War, followed by Ardas. Whole Day shabad and kirtans are performed by ragis in succession. A lot of visitors visit Gurudwara with the proceeding of the day.

Some people sit to listen to the hymns, other occupy themselves with the seva performed in the langar hall (kitchen of the Temple) or at Joda Ghar.

Evening time for Rahras Sahib and Aarti

In the evening Rahras Sahib Path (prayer) is performed. Then Aarti, Kirtan Sohila path concluding with Ardas at night ends the daily temple services. Just as Guru Granth Sahib is brought in the Temple, it is taken back to Akal Takht with same ceremony.

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