The daily routine at the Golden Temple varies slightly from month to month, so the times mentioned below are approximate. I have specified the earliest times to arrive so you will not miss out on the particular event. There are often many visitors to the Golden Temple, so if you want to catch any of the ceremonies, get there early.
Kirtan (singing Hymns) starts at the Golden Temple from early dawn (Amrit-Vela), and this can start from around:
- 2am – Febraury – September
- 3am – October – January
Asa Di War starts around an hour later:
- 3am – February – September
- 4am – October – January
The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is carried on a palaquin from the Akal Takht to the Harmandir Sahib sanctum sanctorum. This is quite spectacular and great to observe the Sikh Holy Book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, being carried on a palaquin on the shoulders of Sevadars (Volunteers) from the Akal Takht to the Golden Temple. There is often quite a rush around the palaquin, so be aware of this. Again this happens at different times during the year, to avoid disappointment, get there from about 4am.
As the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is taken into the Golden Temple inner sanctum, the Asa Di War is temporarily stopped and the Sangat (congregation) repeatedly chants “Satnam Sri Waheguru Sahib Ji, Satnam Sri Waheguru Sahib Ji….”. The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is placed on to the Throne in the Golden Temple, and attendants read verses from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The verses sung in praise of the Sikh Guru’s were originally written by the Guru’s court poets, the Bhatts. As the verses are sung, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is slowly unveiled, and opened at random. The Hukamnama (Guru’s Command) is read to the Sangat.
The reading of the first Hukamnama ocurs from about 4.30am
The first Ardas happens shortly afterwards.
The Asa Di War finishes at around 6.30am, and Kirtan continues throughout the day at the Golden Temple.
The reading of Rehras Sahib (evening Parayer) starts at sunset.
The last Hukamnama takes place from 21.30
The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is taken from the Golden Temple inner sanctum to the Akal Takht Sahib from approximately 21:45
Please note, the times indicated are approximate. If you wish to attend any of the events please get in touch with the SPGC, or confirm the times at the Golden Temple Information Office. The Information Office can be found to the right side of the Main Entrance and Clock Tower. The staff at the Information Office do speak english.