Darbar Sahib

The Darbar Sahib Hall is the main prayer hall at the Bhawan. It is one of the largest prayer halls of the Ravidass Community outside of India. Most religious functions take place in the Darbar Sahib Hall, which is located on the first floor. There is disabled access via a lift to the main prayer hall. The main Palki is located in the Darbar Sahib Hall.

In places of worship where Sri Guru Granth Sahib is present the following are required: Nishan Sahib (flag), Prayer Hall (which contains a Palki), Langar Hall (for communal eating place) and Sach Khand (room where the Sri Guru Granth Sahib retires to in the evening).

As you enter the Darbar Sahib Hall the main Palki is directly in front. There is a small Palki to the left of the main Palki. The small Palki is used when more then one functions takes place (e.g. Paath and a wedding at the same time). There is a low level stage to the right of the main Palki where the musicians (Ragis) sit and sing religions songs and hymns.

Normally, when the Sangat (congregation) enter the Darbar Sahib Hall for the first time they walk directly to the main Palki place some money into the box (referred to as the Gokal) situated in front of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib  (this is the main source of the funding for the Bhawan –  so please be generous) and bow down such that their forehead touches the floor (this is referred to as Matha Tekhna ). This is a show of respect to the Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Once you have paid your respects you can go and sit on the floor facing the Sri Guru Granth Sahib  (visitors of other faiths can simply go and sit on the floor).

Prashad (which is made with semolina flour, clarified butter, and sugar) is served whenever a service comes to an end and/or when you leave the Prayer Hall.