Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar
Categories: Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
The expansive religious complex of Harmandir Sahib represents the holiest pilgrimage site in Sikhism. Built between 1585 and 1604, the complex suffered heavy damage during an Indian Army operation to root out Sikh extremists in 1984. Visit the extensive site and you'll immediately notice the pool surrounding the main temple, said to possess healing powers. Admire the marble base and intricate gilded top portion of the temple, a symbol for Sikhs the world over, and head inside to get a look at the interior, richly decorated with gold and precious stones. Respect the temple's guidelines by removing your shoes, washing your feet, and covering your head before entering. Harmandir Sahib is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Amritsar Edition.
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I found this place as most peaceful place where you can offer your prayer to God and later on sit close to the sarover in the temple premises and can feel the peace of mind over there. There are lot o... read more »
Very attractive and beautiful heritage structure to be viewed once in a life time, well maintained clean structure is surrounded by clean water lake ...
This is a very serene, calm, clean, disciplined and a place which gives a truly divine feeling. We (friends) visited on Saturday and it was not too crowded, which we were expecting at this famous plac... read more »
Beautiful and peaceful place. You have to cover your head with any cloth before entering. And most important THE LANGAR which is really amazing to see how they cook so large amount of food for people and how they serve it. Food is very tasty in Langar and free of cost. Toilets are very very clean in temple. Good experience. :)
Known to me as the "golden temple" I spent 2 nights in the holiest Sihk Gudwara with other pilgrims to experience something truly amazing. Feeding over 80,000 people per day, this is the largest free kitchen on Earth. The four entrances positioned on all sides symbolize the notion that everyone is welcome, even non Sihks. Not only do they provide food around the clock, but people also sleep there at no cost. I stayed in a room for foreign pilgrims for 2 nights and met great people and felt perfectly safe with a doorman watching over. I suggest waking up for sunrise to see something truly spectacular. And if free chapati and dal doesn't do it for you, head over to the famous Brothers Dhaba nearby for some legendary food.
To compare it with any of its peers in other religions would be sacrilege. But one is forced, out of compelling bodily senses, to realize the peace and tranquility of mind when one is not being bothered by still and stagnant queues or frequent stares by security forces. You are provided with all the help human body is capable of on account of untiring efforts of "sewaks". The golden temple seems to be two different places in the broad day light and moon lit night. Sit by the side of "sarovar" and let the divinity seep in and you will realize why almost certainly an atheist like me would enjoy the humming of swarming people in the backdrop of Shabad Kirtan. Surreal is too small a word here.
OM PRAKASH MALVIYA
BHARAT KE SHAAN HARMANDER SAHIB WAHEGURU G DA KHALSA WAHEGURU G DI FATAH WAHEGURU WAHEGURU WAHEGURU G
Satnam Sree Wahe Guruji
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