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
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
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
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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