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Golden Temple

The Golden Temple, located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab is the most significant place of worship for Sikhs. The Golden Temple offers a singular experience of faith, community and culture in the world today.

If you are in Amritsar or you are going to plan to visit Amritsar then am sure that you would not miss the chance to visit Golden Temple. You can visit Golden Temple at any time. The four entrance doors of Golden Temple signifies that it is open for all. The person belonging to any religion can offer his/her prayers at Golden Temple. You have lots of religious places in India, But the kind of peace and cleanliness you find at the golden temple , you won’t find anywhere else.


Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, started the construction of Harmandir Sahib and it was completed by Guru Arjan Dev. Guru Arjan Dev installed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhs, in the gurdwara in 1604Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold in the early nineteenth century. The covering of gold gives the shrine its distinctive appearance and its English name of “Golden Temple”.

Last Sunday, me and my friend planned to Visit Golden Temple. We arrived early in the morning by bus and took a auto rickshaw to reach our destination.If you want to come by Train then Amritsar is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains.

We entered in Golden temple through Ghanta Ghar. This is the main enterance sporting a distinctly Victorian clock-tower. We washed our feet in the water at the entrance in order to keep the temple clean and covered our heads with a cloth. I saw the main gold shrine in the middle of giant pool of water , Amrit Sarovar where people were bathing probably washing off their sins. For many seconds my eyes didn’t moved from that great temple monument just staring at it continuously. I had never seen such a beautiful monument in my life. Its not only the beauty of the monument but also spiritual rays coming from that center point of attraction.
The main temple is situated in the center of rectangular water body with huge passage to do Parikarma (circumambulate) around it . After walking around the temple, we also took a dip in that Sarovar then  we decided to have sight of the ADI GRANTH in the main shrine. It was Sunday and there was a huge queue. When we get inside the queue , our cell phones and camera needs to be switched off. The golden dome gilded with 750 kg of gold represents an inverted lotus flower, a symbol of Sikh devotees’ aim to live a pure life.We had the view of the Great Granth , prayed , bowed down and came out of the main shrine. That sight was ultimate , no words can describe the beauty of sight of ADI GRANTH covered with shawls of its beloved devotees. After coming out , we had then water which was served at every corner of the rectangular temple in circumambulating path.

The thing which touched me the most was the warmth , behavior and love I got from Sikh people.There are no limitations who can enter, eat ,rest or sleep.The Sikh people welcome us with open hearts and minds. Sikhs, the ones with big turbans, long beards and moustaches.Under the big turbans they all have long hair, which is a crucial symbol of Sikhism. They believe in one God.They don’t have any caste system, because they believe in equality.

Nihang Sikh

Then we met with a Nihang. Nihangs are a very famous and prestigious armed Sikh order. His turban is made of 30 meters of cloth and is decorated with the two primary symbols of Sikhism: the Khanda and the Ek-Onkar. This man follow the famous five K’s: Kachera, Kara, Kirpan, Kanga and Kesh.
The five Ks are five Articles of Faith that Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times as commanded by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
1. ) Kesh – uncut hair. Sikhs believe that hair, like everything else, is a gift from God, therefore it remains uncut.
2.)  Kanga – a wooden comb. Used for combing the hair and keeping it tidy and in place under the turban.
3.) Kara – an iron bracelet. Serves as a reminder for Sikhs to follow the morals of their faith.
4.) Kirpan – a strapped curved sword. Symbolises the safety of all and the carrier’s personal duty and responsibility as a Sikh to protect the innocent in the message of peace
5.)  Kachera – a specific style of cotton underwear. Reminds Sikhs of the Guru’s message regarding the control of the Five Evils.

Pilgrims having their meals in Langar Hall.

After that i was feeling hungry, i asked my friend to go outside and eat something. He told me that no need to go outside Because in this temple the Langar or Free kitchen was started by their first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all the people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status.
We entered a courtyard where every day near about 1 lakh meals were prepared for pilgrims for free. There were volunteers making lots of noise washing a huge amount of metal food plates. We got a steel plate with five compartments, one bowl and a spoon in front of the entrance to a building. Inside of the building was a huge hall and people sitting on lined carpets and eating their meals. We sat too for meal. Men with buckets came spooning different kinds of food onto our plate.You could eat until full, asking more if you wanted. I noticed there were at least five hundred people inside all sitting on the floor carpet and eating. After we had our meal we went outside with our plates, we gave our empty plates to volunteers for washing and walked outside the Langar Hall.

Then we decided to visit Jallianwalla Bagh. We came back  to Golden Temple later in the night. The feel of being there in the night time was amazing. You must spend 2-3 hours in the night In Golden Temple, besides the Sarovar . We stayed there at night and Next day visit the nearby markets.