Golden Temple is a place where people bow down to the presence of divine "Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji." Situated in Amritsar, this place is one of the most visited religious places in India. There is probably not a man in the world who, during a Religion Tourism in India, was not enchanted and had tears in his eyes when he set foot on the precincts of this sacred place.
Sri Harmandir Sahib, with its divine golden walls, delicious Langar, and crystal blue pond, has blessed thousands of enthusiastic devotees from all over the world. Floating in the water, the Golden Temple is a feast for the eyes and serves the largest Langar in the world.
In this blog, you will learn about the complete schedule such as Darshan Timing, portal or Door Opening schedule, and time of each spiritual activity held at Golden temple so that you can never miss the ceremonies whenever you book your Golden Temple Tour Packages with the Best Tour and Travel Company in India. So, let's start.
At Sri Harimandir Sahib, Gurbani Kirtan (hymns) are sung continuously, from opening the portals (doors) to their closing. Some minor changes are made during the summer and winter months. After the departure of the Palki Sahib (palanquin), which takes Sri Guru Granth Sahib to the Akal Takhat Sahib, the devotees accompanied by the Gurudwara staff clean the Sri Harmandir Sahib for an hour.
Here in Golden Temple’s premises, the devotees perform the cleaning procedures alongside they chant melodious hymns from the Gurbani. The carpets of the Peera Sahib, the auspicious cot where the holy scripture is kept and read, are cleaned and spread. After the Ardaas has been offered, Karah Prasad, the sacred offering is distributed among the devotees.
The arms of the Sikh Gurus and Martyrs are on display at the Sri Akal Takhat Sahib in the evening, after the evening prayers of Sri Rehraas Sahib have been offered.
This is the early morning time when the Kiwad of the Shri Akal Takht Sahib. The timing of this ceremony varies from season to season. The appropriate time for this ceremony happens between 2:00 am to 2:30 am. Also, only the Gurdwara Staff is allowed to take part in this ceremony. Following the Door Opening Schedule or Time, the Sangat is then allowed to enter the main temple as per the Darshan Timings of Sri Harmandir Sahib.
Right after opening the doors of Shri Akal Takht, all the attending members start kirtan. The kirtan includes "Shabads." These Shabads are the indications for everyone that the doors have been opened, and Guru Granth Sahib Ji will be in Darbaar soon. People start gathering in the pathway from Shri Akal Takht Sahib to Shri Harimandir Sahib to get a glimpse and touch Palki Sahib to get the blessings.
This is the first bani that is recited in the Darbar Sahib, after the initial kirtan. As it is in Raag Asa, it is recited in the form of kirtan. The devotees also recite along. Guru Arjan Dev Ji mentioned it to be recited in this manner only, and he called it “Tunde Asraje Di Dhunni” after the name of the brave and pious king of the time, as he was a king without arms according to the local folklore. Therefore “Tunda” means amputated.
At 4 am, it's time to take the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to Shri Harimandir Sahib. For this, Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji has been kept in the Palki Sahib Ji, and then the attendants carry the Palki Sahib Ji on their shoulders. The devotees wait in the pathway to get the morning glimpse of the Palki Sahib Ji. This moment is quite remarkable for all the devotees of national or international origin, who are on their Religion Tourism in India with the Golden Temple Tour Packages, to touch and bow down to their Guru.
Once Shri Guru Granth Sahib reaches the Shri Harimandir Sahib Ji, then at 4:30 am, it's time for the First Hukamnama of the day. A hukam nama refers to a hymn from the Guru Granth Sahib, given as a command to the Sikhs or a historical command given by one of the Gurus of Sikhism.
The first Ardas of the day will be performed at 5:00 am. The Ardās is a Sikh prayer performed before or after the performance of a significant task; after the recitation of the morning Banis, at the end of a worship service such as the path, a kirtan program, or any other religious program. In Sikhism, the Ardās may also be said before and after meals.
The ongoing kirtan of "Asa Di Var '' will come to an end at 6:00 am. The ceremony is known as Asa Di Var Smapati. At this point, all the devotees express their devotion towards Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and pray to bring fortune in their lives. The scene is charming when all the local or outstate devotees, on a religious tour with the Best Tour and Travel Company in India, come together in one place to express their love and devotion to the one and only God.
At 6:15 in the morning, Granthis perform the second Ardaas of the morning rituals. The Hukumnama accompanies this Ardaas which the Sangat (the devotees) hear eternally or spiritually since early morning. Now, the Ardaas again indicates the end of the morning rituals of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and is also an indication for devotees that they can now visit and have Darshan of the other significant places of Golden Temple. The Hukumnana will be another command for the Sikhs to follow to live their lives as per Guru Granth Sahib Ji's teachings.
Rehraas Sahib, is also known as Sodar Rehraas Sahib.It is recited in the evening time daily and is a part of NitNem Banis, which is the daily routine of offering prayers for Sikhs. It has specific Banis from Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Sri Dasam Granth.
As it is an evening prayer, it is performed at sunset. All the devotees available in the temple took part in the prayer and completed their circle of blessings.
At 10:30 pm, the last Hukumnama of the day will be announced for all the Sikhs. Sikhs are advised to follow all the Hukumnamas to stay on the path of truth, honesty and to stay closer to God.
After announcing the last Hukumnama of the day, it's time to take Shri Guru Granth Sahib to Shri Akal Takht Sahib Ji for a good night's sleep. The attendants of this ceremony carefully place Shri Guru Granth, Sahib Ji, to the Palki Sahib, and with the sounds of "Kirtan," they route Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji back to their room. Again, all the devotees present in the temple cover the pathway to get the blessings of Guru Sahib Ji.
At 11 pm, it's time for the sleeping rituals of Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which is also known as "Sukh-Aasan," which means "Sitting or Lying in the comfortable pose." After all the rituals, the Kiwad (doors/portals) of Shri Akal Takht Sahib Ji will be closed. This is the time when the devotees clean the courtyard of Shri Harimandir Sahib.
Now you know about all the rituals or ceremonies of the Golden temple. This means at your next Golden Temple Amritsar tour with the Best Tour and Travel Company in India; you will not miss any of the rituals. We recommend you to keep in mind the Door Opening Schedule and Darshan Timings in order to attend all the ceremonies from the beginning of the day to experience the presence of the divine God.
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