Takht Sri Harimandir Ji is the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru which is revered as one of the five Takhats by the Sikhs.
This is the place where the Guru Nanak visited the haveli of one of his followers, Salis Rai Jouri. Salis Rai was so inspired by Guru Nanak that the converted the palatial structure into a Dharamsala. Guru Gobind Singh was the successor of his father Guru Tegh Bahadur who also had stayed for awhile at this Dharamsala. Guru Gobind Singh was born here on 22nd December, 1666. Tegh Bahadur Singh, father of Guru Gobind Singh was the ninth Guru of the Sikhs who established the pioneering Sikh pilgrimage Anandpur Sahib in Panjab. Guru Gobind Singh was a great warrior and philosopher who inspired a strong bond among the Sikh community. It was Guru Govind Singh who not only united the followers of Guru Nanak but also formalized the identity of the believers as a religious community. He won many battles the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first King of the Sikh Empire, took up the reconstructions of this sacred birthplace of the great Guru in 1839. The present gorgeous edifice of Harmandir Takht was reconstructed in 1954 as the earthquake of 1934 destroyed some part of it. Besides the magnificent domes and the decorative gilding and marble-works, spiritual holiness permeates the ambience.
The huge temple complex has many shops selling ritual objects and mementos. There is also community Kitchen where food is cooked for the daily distribution amongst the devotees. The visitors are allowed to offer their service in the cooking process which is beyond any discrimination of class and creed.