Location :Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib was built between the years 1778-1784 and is situated to the south of the Golden Temple, about 185 metres from Sarai Guru Ram Das. The nine-storey octagon tower stands 40 metres high, and is the tallest building in Amritsar. Originally a samadhi which is enshrining the remains of Atal Rai (1628), a son of Guru Hargobind, it was transformed into a gurudwara later on.
Significance of the GurudwaraThe edifice is a double octagonal structure, one rising on the exterior and the other on the interior - forming a circumambulatory in between. The storeys on the exterior and with a bigger octagonal base terminate at the sixth level, the interior and smaller octagonal base supports nine storeys, and the three upper storeys are surmounted by a gilded dome.
Within the interior octagonal elevation the great Guru Granth Sahib is kept, enshrined in a beautifully wrought brass canopy, surmounted by an exquisite chhatri. The doors are made of silver and brass with elegantly embossed designs of figures recounting Sikh and Hindu themes. The interior walls of the first floor are adorned with murals many of which have been obliterated with just only 42 panels surviving. The poor and the needy are fed and helped in the gurudwara of Baba Atal.
Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib attracts millions of pilgrims who come here from all over the world. Besides, it is growing as one of the most visited tourist spots in Punjab.
On the first floor of the holy tower, there are several miniature works depicting Guru Nanak's life. You can also get an enchanting, unmatched vision of the whole town of Amritsar from the top of the tower. It stands for the glory and artistic richness of the state.
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How to reach the Temple
Through Airways: Raja Sansi International Airport in Amritsar provides regular services to major cities like Mumbai and Chennai. Foreign cities can be connected through Mumbai and Chennai.
Through Railways: Through Railways,Amritsar Railway Station is well linked to other rail heads in the state and also connected to most of the cities in India. It has a connection railway line to Pakistan as well.
- Through Roadways: State run public buses and private buses are available to move in and out from Amritsar. Grand Trunk Road connects Delhi to Amritsar. Luxury buses are available from Delhi.