The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, was born at Takhat Patna Sahib in the 1666 and spent his early childhood here. After that he moved to Anandpur. Other than being the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh, the place has also the honor of being visited by Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur. Takhat Shri Harimandirji Patna Sahib was built by Maharajs Ranjit Sigh in the remembrance of the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh in the years from 1780-1839. It is one of the five Takhats or Holy Seats of Authority of the Sikh community in India.
I took a cab to the Harimandir and saw that it was located in the old part of Patna and the road leading to the Gurudwara was narrow and crowded. The market place near the Gurudwara looked crowded and had many stalls selling eatables. Being a foodie, I decided to have a taste of some of the local cuisines prepared there. As I reached the Gurudwara, I saw that it was a massive structure made of marble. I put my shoes outside and after washing my feet entered inside.
Once I entered inside, everything looked very neat and clean. The atmosphere inside was quiet and peaceful and the song sung by the priests was very soulful and meaningful, teaching you the values of life. The inner sanctum looked very large and there were many devotees sitting and listening to the songs. I saw the holy book of the Sikhs, ‘Granth Sahib’ displayed with much reverence at the rightful place in the hall. All were kneeling before the Holy book and praying and I too joined them and knelt before the Holy book.
I sat there listening to the bhajans and kirtans sung and then after about half an hour, got up and looked around. I saw a large oil painting of Guru Gobind Singh as a child. There was also a cradle with four stands covered with gold plates, where Guru Gibind Singh slept as a small child. There were also four arrows, a sword and a pair of sandals used by Guru Gobind Singh.