Several English women were seen doing Sri Japji Sahib prayers at Gurdwara Baoli Sahib at Goindwal Sahib. The pictures were widely scene on social media and inspired many to follow along the Guru’s path.
The Gurdwara is popularly known for the baoli or well that was dug By Sri Guru Amar Das Sahib Ji with 84 steps.
History of the Gurdwara:
Goindwal Baoli, the Well of Goindwal
Guru Amar Das arranged for a baoli, or covered well, to be constructed in Goindwal in order to serve the needs of Sikhs and other visitors. The ancient well he built has become a popular historic Sikh shrine. In modern times, the well spans about 25 feet or 8 meters. Arched access opens to a domed entrance decorated with frescoes depicting the life of Guru Amar Das. A divided underground staircase with 84 covered steps descends beneath the earth to the well’s sacred waters. One side of the staircase is for the use of women and the side other for men.
Each step is thought to represent 100,000 life forms of a possible 8.4 million existences. Many devotees visiting Goindwal Baoli Sahib recite the entire hymn of “Japji” on each step. The devotees first descend to bathe and perform ablution in the waters of the well. Next devotees begin to recite Japji on the lowest step. After completing the prayer, devotees return to water of the well for another dip. Devotees then move on to the next higher next step, repeating the prayer and performing in all 84 complete recitations, in hopes of being liberated from transmigration.