Historical Gurdwaras of Punjab
Guru Amar Das

The First Great Center of Sikhism
Gurdwara Baoli Sahib, Goindwal, Dist. Amritsar

This was the first center of Sikhism and was established by Guru Amar Das. The Hindus went on pilgrimage to Hardwar and Benaras but the Sikhs needed a place of their own. Understanding this Guru Amar Das purchased the land and personally helped in the construction of the Gurdwara and Baoli (well) with 84 steps leading down to it. Guru Amar Das said that whoever recited the entire Japji prayer of Guru Nanak on each of the 84 steps with a pure heart before bathing in the Baoli would receive spiritual emancipation.

The enterance to the Baoli

Pilgrims bathings at the bottom of the 84 step Baoli.
Women bathe on the other side of the partition.

Artwork on the ceiling of the Baoli entrance.