GoindwalSahib_Ban1Goindwal Sahib is considered the first Sikh pilgrimage site as it is here that Guru Amardas, the third Sikh Guru, lived and preached, and it is here that he introduced the idea of langar (community kitchen). He also built a baoli (step well) from which people of all castes were welcome to drink. It is believed that anyone who bathes here and recites the Japji on each of the step-well””s 84 steps will attain deliverance from karmic life cycles. The gleaming white gurdwara stands adjacent to this well, and houses the room in which Guru Amardas once lived – and where, according to legend, he met Emperor Akbar after the ruler had partaken of langar.