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Housing the Granth Sahib and their gurus, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1573 as a little cottage that went on to shelter the great gurus of the Sikhs. Gurudwara Guru Ke Mahal is a humble hut situated at the main street of Guru Bazaar near the Golden Temple in the holy city of Ramdaspur (now known as Amritsar).
Earlier a residence of Sri Guru Ram Das, the founder of Amritsar city, the structure was modified into a Gurudwara. It is a three-storey tabernacle with a raised platform where the holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib is placed.
The structure of the Mahal is divided into three floors. The basement serves as a meditation room where the Gurus used to meditate. The upper floor has space for sitting together and participating in kirtans. The topmost floor has encored the Guru Granth Sahib. It is believed that Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur was born in the Mahal on Baisakhi. Thus Baisakhi marks his birth anniversary as well. Besides the daily rituals, special kirtans and langar called Guru ke Langar are organized on Baisakhi. Hundreds of Sikhs and tourists visit this religious site on Guru Tegh Bahadur Jayanti.
Founded by Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, this humble little hut soon came to be identified as the headquarters of Sikh gurus, though shifted in near time. Enlarged and beautified by the successive gurus, this little cottage truly took the shape of a Mahal.
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