Palki: is where the Guru resides, when the Guru is carried from one place to another and also when in the Darbar hall. Sikhs regard the holy scriptures as their living Guru. The Guru Granth Sahib JI is placed on the Manji Sahib – a raised platform covered by the Palki – a canopy, to show its importance.
The Guru Granth Sahib is covered by a piece of beautiful material called a Rumalla and flowers may also be placed round the Guru. Around the top of the canopy is engraved the ‘Waheguru’ which means ‘Wonderful Lord’ or such other words from the holy scriptures.
Palki Sahib at Golden Temple 5th August
The Decorated Palki and Sawari at Golden temple
About half an hour before the Shri Guru Granth Sahib JI is brought down from the Akal Takht, the palki, a gold and silver palanquin, is prepared for it. Attendants replace the cushions and pillows on which the Shri Guru Granth Sahib JI will rest. They lay down fresh sets of silk and brocade coverings and, when everything is ready, they sprinkle delicately scented rose water over all.
As the head priest of the Harmandir Sahib ji appears with the Shri Guru Granth Sahib JI on a cushion on his head, a series of deep, resonant drum beats of the nigara heralds its arrival to the assembled worshipers who, even at this hour, fill the large plaza to capacity. Showering fragrant red, pink and white rose petals, and reciting hymns from the holy scriptures, they make way for the palki’s journey to the Harmandir. This passage, though short, sometimes takes up to half an hour while as many worshipers as possible share the honor of carrying it.
The procession solemnly moves across the plaza, through the Darshani Deorhi, and along the causeway, stopping as it reaches the main door of the Harmandir Sahib Ji. The head priest reverently lifts the Shri Guru Granth sahib out of the Palki, places it on a silk cushion on his head, and enters the holy shrine.
He carries it to its customary place of honor beneath a velvet canopy richly brocaded with the silver and gold, and carefully sets it on velvet cushions and silks placed on a manji sahib. As the Sangat (congregation) stands in hushed silence, the head priest seats himself in front of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, ceremoniously opens it, and reads aloud the vaaq, or Lord’s message, for the day.(Hukamnama)