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Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib was built by the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Arjan Dev. It is located 22 kms from Amritsar, in the village of Tarn Taran Sahib. The name 'Tarn Taran' was given to the Sarovar which means 'a boat that takes one across the ocean of existence.' Built in the Mughal style of architecture, the gurudwara is famous for having the largest Sarovar. The lotus dome that covers the three-storeyed building was damaged during the 1905 earthquake. The holy Gurudwara sees kirtan recitals every day which start from the early hours of the morning and lasts until late evening, which the visitors to the site have the privilege of witnessing. It is also immensely famous for the gathering of pilgrims on the day of Amavas. Vistors and pilgrims believe that the Sarovar's water has medical qualities and is also said to be capable of curing leprosy.
The famous Gurudwara displays elegant stucco work reflecting on glass pieces and intricate designs on the ceiling and the inner walls. Only the upper section of the structure is covered in glittering gold sheets. The Guru Granth Sahib is placed on a platform under an elongated dome. This platform was an offering from Kanvar Nau Nihil Singh, Grandson of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The main hall or Darbar Sahib of the building is plated in gold with a marble inlay. The flight of marble stairs behind this hall leads pilgrims to the spot where Guru Arjan Dev made the first cut for the digging of the magnificent Tarn Taran Sarovar in 1590. Over the years, additional buildings have been added to the complex.
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