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Found within the famous Golden Temple complex, the Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree is considered the most sacred tree in Amritsar. The 400-year-old jujube tree, situated on the eastern side of the great Amrit Sarovar, is greatly revered by Sikhs due to the legend and faith of Bibi Rajni, whose leprosy stricken husband was miraculously cured after a dip in the pond close to the tree. It was then named Dukh Bhanjani which means 'eradictator of suffering'. The first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak is said to have rested at this holy spot while singing Gurbani in deep devotion to Waheguru. It is considered greatly instrumental in the founding of Amritsar by Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru.
The sacred pond in the Golden Temple Complex, believed to be the holy pond of healing prophecised by the third Sikh Guru Guru Amar Das Ji, was developed into the famous Amrit Sarovar. The city of Amritsar was named after the same. While the access to the Amrit Sarovar is restricted, a small portion of it next to the Dukh Bhanjani Beri Tree is available to devotees who wish to take a dip in the holy water. Visitors to the Golden Temple believe that doing so would cure them of their pain and afflictions and that they would receive blessings from the sacred tree. The devotees aren’t allowed to pluck the fruits of Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, but there is no restriction on collecting fallen ones as ‘Prashad’.
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