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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Takht Sri Harimandir Ji, Patna Sahib

It was here at Takht Patna Sahib, that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru was born in 1666. He also spent his early years here before moving to Anandpur. Besides being the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, Patna was also honored by visits from Guru Nanak as well as Guru Tegh Bahadur. Over the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the Sikhs  raised a public edifice, made it a place of power and strength, and call it 'Harmandir'. Maharaja Ranjit Singh started the work of reconstructing the Harmandir in 1839 following destruction by fire. Again in 1934, when an earthquake rocked the entire state of Bihar, some portions of the Harmandir fell down. Construction of the present building was taken up on November 19, 1954 and was completed in about three years.  
Some relics of the tenth Guru are also preserved in Patna Sahib. Among them is a pangura (cradle) with four stands covered with Golden plates. Guruji during his childhood used to sleep in this cradle. Moreover, four iron arrows, sacred sword of the Master and a pair of his sandals are also preserved. Hukamnamas of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Tegh Bahadur contained in a book are also kept in this holy Gurudwara.
I visited this place of Sikh pilgrimage in November 2013 during my visit to Patna. I found tremendous peace and quiet inside the Gurudwara and sat down crossed legged on the carpeted & cushioned floor in obeisance to the Guru and to meditate. I also made a small donation of Rs.200/- and I was honored with a Chadar and special prasad of besan ka laddoo.

Guru Gobind Singh - The 10th Sikh Guru
Takht Sri Harimandir Ji, Patna Sahib

Covered and carpeted entranceway
The holy well from which holy water is drawn and offered to devotees
Golden Throne at Harmandir Sahib