6 Blissful Places In Golden Temple Parikrama, You Must See
Updated: May 25, 2022
While visiting "Sri Harmandir Sahib" (Golden Temple) , there are places of importance in
the "parikarma" of the Gurudwara complex. They are of historical importance and gives you a full filled and soul satisfying experience .
400 years old preserved "Beris" (Jujube trees)
In Punjabi, the literal meaning of "Dukh Bhanjan" is Destroyer of pain. Dukh Bhanjani Beri is a historic Beri tree in the Sri Harmandir Sahib complex associated with Bibi Rajni Ji. It is considered to be the most pious spot to take dip in the holy sarovar (pond). As per belief , people get rid of their illness and pains while par taking amrit (holy water) at this spot. The history of Bibi Rajni ji is also displayed there.
Ber Baba Budha Sahib ji
Beri Baba Budha is a historic Beri tree in the Sri Harmandir Sahib complex associated with Baba Budha Ji. This is the oldest tree in the parikrama , more than 440 years old. Baba Budha Ji used to camp beneath this tree (Beri) to perform the service of digging the holy tank and construction work of Sri Harimandir Sahib. When Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji compiled the first Guru Granth Sahib and installed it in Sir Harmandir Sahib, Baba Budha Ji was appointed as the first Granthi (the holy Granth reciter) in 1604 AD. The historical significance of this place is also displayed there.
This particular Jujubee Tree bears small fruits, stands next to the Darshani Deori. During the brick lining of the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) and construction of Harmandir Sahib. Guru Arjan Dev ji and a close devotee of the Guru, Bhai Salo Jee, used to sit here and supervise the construction. In 1740 A.D. Harmandir Sahib was occupied by a Mughal Governor Massa Ranghar, who started desecrating Harmandir Sahib. Two Sikh warriors Sukha Singh and Mehtab Singh promised the Sangat (Sikh Devotees) to teach a lesson to Massa Rangar. They reached Harmandir Sahib posing as farmers to pay tax to Mughal Governor. They tied their horses with this jujube tree, went inside, chopped the head of Massa Ranghar and moved back. The sequence of historical events of this place is also displayed there.
Sri Akal Takht Sahib
Sri Akal Takht sahib is one of five takhts (seats of power) of the Sikhs. It is located in the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) complex. The Akal Takht (originally called Akal Bunga) was built by Shri Guru Hargobind Ji as a place of justice and consideration of temporal issues; the highest seat of earthly authority of the Khalsa (the collective body of the Sikhs) and the place of the Jathedar, the highest spokesman of the Sikhs.
Originally known as Akal Bunga, the building directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib was founded by sixth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Hargobind ji, as a symbol of political sovereignty and where spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh people could be addressed. Along with Baba Buddha ji and Bhai Gurdas ji, the sixth Sikh Guru built a 9-foot-high concrete slab. When Guru Hargobind revealed the platform on 15 June 1606, he put on two swords: one indicated his spiritual authority (piri) and the other, his temporal authority (miri).
Hari Singh Nalwa, a general of Ranjit Singh, the maharaja, decorated the Akhal Takht with gold.
Gurudwara Baba Deep Singh ji
Gurudwara Baba Deep Singh ji Shaheed is situated in the parikarma of Sri Harmandir Sahib . Baba Deep Singh ji was the head of "Shaheedan Di Misl" among the 12 misls. Apart from getting the Guru Granth Sahib ji's saroop written , he also actively participated in all the major battles that took place in the 18th century. Baba ji's supreme sacrifice is a source of strength and inspiration of all sikhs across the world. The detailed history is displayed at the spot.
Gurudwara Thara Sahib
Gurdwara Thara Sahib in Amritsar is situated just to the north , of the Akal Takht Sahib. "Thara" means a raised platform of Masonry. This is where the ninth Guru Teg Bahadur ji rested when he arrived from Baba Bakala to pay his respects to Darbar Sahib soon after he was announced as the next Guru.