Baba Atal Rai Tower Amritsar – The Wonderful Octagonal Tower


Baba Atal Rai Tower is one of the landmarks of Amritsar and is a beautiful octagonal tower, which is nine storied and standing to a height of 40 meters. It is the tallest building in the city and is located to the south of Golden Temple. It was built in the memory of the son of Guru Hargobind, Atal Rai, who gave life to his close friend immediately after his death. This act angered Guru Hargobin, who said that he should not have used his spiritual powers for such things as it was against the Sikh tradition. Atal Rai declared that he would sacrifice his own life for breaking the Sikh law and went in to mediation. Soon he breathed his last and then a monument was raised in his memory. The nine towers depicts the 9 years of life of Atal Rai. He was given the title Baba because of his great spiritual powers.

Baba Atal Rai Tower Amritsar

Baba Atal Rai Tower Amritsar | Image Resource : flickr.com

We saw that the tower was octagonal in shape and it showed a double octagonal structure, one exterior and the other interior. The exterior octagonal structure terminated at the sixth level and the interior one rose up to nine-storey. There was double staircase leading to the top of the tower and it also allowed the visitors to enter each floor and explore it.

I saw that the ground floor had four entrances facing the four direction, with the main entrance facing the east. Inside the interior octagonal structure was kept Guru Granth Sahib. It too had four doors. On the first floor of the tower we saw many mural paintings and works showing the life of Guru Nanak. Some of them were scenes from his childhood while others consisted of his life after he became the Guru. The last painting showed Guru Nanak naming Angad Dev as his successor.

From the top of the tower we had a beautiful view of the city and its surrounding area. It was so breathtaking that we stood there for a while enjoying the sight. I took photographs of the tower and the view from the top of the tower. After spending an hour or two at the tower we went on to our next destination.

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