Palki Sahib is a Punjabi word which describes the structure housing the Manji Sahib and which form part of the Guru’s platform (Takhat) or seating.
The Palki may be integrated into the platform and form a canopy above the Guru’s Manji Sahib The Palki Sahib is normally at least 2 metres wide, 2 metres deep and 2.5 metres high, made of wood and holding lighting and high decorated surfaces enhancing the Guru’s seating.
Not all Gurdwaras have a Palki Sahib for the Guru’s seating.
The most famous Sikh Gurdwara, Sri Harimander Sahib for example does not have a Palki; while most Gurdwara’s in the west have a Palki Sahib for the Guru’s seating.
Here is a collection of some of the most Unique Palki Sahib Designs from Around the World, not in any particular order:
1) Gurdwara Sahib in Singapore
2) Gurdwara Sahib in the UK
3) El Sobrante Gurdwara Sahib in California, UK
4) Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar in Dubai
5) Ramgharia Gurdwara in the UK
6) Tatt Khalsa Gurdwara in Malaysia
7) Takht Sri Harimandir Sahib at Patna Sahib, Bihar
8) Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Melborune, Australia
9) During a Kirtan Smagam in Renton, Washington, USA
10) Gurdwara Sahib in Renton, Washington, USA