Gurdwara Goindwal Sahib
GOINDVAL, the place of Sikh pilgrimage is associated with Guru Amar Das ji.
In 1552, Guru Amar Das shifted from Khadur Sahib to Goindval Sahib. Guru Amar Das ji commenced the digging in Goindval of a baoli, i.e. a well with steps descending down to water level which, when completed, attracted pilgrims from far and near. Even after Guru Amar Das's successor. Guru Ram Das, had built up Amritsar and made it his permanent seat, devotees continued to visit Goindval Sahib to have a dip in the sacred baoli and pay homage at other local shrines.
SRI BAOLI SAHIB is a large, open well, 8 metres across. Its water level is reached through a covered passage comprising a flight of 84 steps. This is the first sikh pligrimage which was prepared under the supervision of Shri Guru Amardas ji in year 1616. Guru Sahib then blessed this holy place and decreed that whosoever does 84 paaths of Japji Sahib with a pure heart and baths in the Baoli Sahib shall be freed from the cycle of birth and death. Shri Guru Ram Das ji himself performed Seva of Gurdwara Baoli Sahib.
THARA SAHIB SRI GURU AMAR DAS JI is a marbled platform at the entrance to Sri Baoli Sahib. It marks the site where Guru Amar Das used to sit supervising the digging of the Baoli.
SRI DARBAR SAHIB or Prakash Asthan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, adjacent to Sri Baoli Sahib, is a square hall with a sanctum in the centre where the Guru Granth Sahib is seated. Daily congregations take place in this hall.
GURDWARA SRI CHUBARA SAHIB, in a different complex which was once the residence of Guru Amar Das and his family, is the attic in which the Guru himself lived. It is a small room with a still smaller room entered through it. This room has doors covered with silver. The interior is decorated with stucco work inset with reflecting glass pieces and intricate designs in many colours.