Sri Harimandir Sahib Gurudwara fondly known as the Golden Temple is situated in Amritsar, India. It is one of the most unique Sikh architectures. It is built on a level lower than its adjacent land-dwellings.
It is the most dominant sacred place of worship of the Sikhs in India and a symbol of equality and brotherhood. The teachings of the Gurudwara include that of fairness and humility.
The Amrit Sarovar (Holy Lake) that is around the Gurudwara was constructed under the supervision of Sri Guru Ram Dass (the 4th Sikh Guru) in 1577 A.D. After him, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji in 1588 brick-lined the Sarovar. It was he who started the construction of the Golden Temple. Finally, it was open to the public in 1604.
The holy scripture of the Sikhs- the Guru Granth Sahib on completion was installed here on 16th August 1604 A.D. It is placed within the sanctuary on an ornamented platform.
The first priest of the Golden Temple was Baba Budha Ji, a true and devoted Sikh. He continued the excavation of the sacred lake. The tree under which he supervised this task still stands near the Golden Temple.
The architecture of the temple is a unique influence of both the Hindu and Muslim arts and themes.
- Air: From Amritsar airport to the Golden temple the distance is about 30 minutes, considering the traffic and speed. The airport itself is one of the most modernised airports in India and has flights to the capital- Delhi almost every one hour. Moreover, the international connections are also on the rise.
- Rail: From Amritsar railway station the distance can be covered in about 15 minutes.
If you are planning a night stop you can select from the number of hotels that are in and around the city centre that cater to your comfort and budget. Also, there are 7 inns in proximity to the Gurudwara for pilgrims.
- The literal meaning of Sri Harmandir Sahib is – Temple of God.
- The Golden Temple is built in the middle of Amrit Sarovar, a manmade holy tank.
- The Amrit Sarovar is known to hold holy water that is said to have healing powers. So visitors take a dip in the same to get blessed.
- The Golden temple was devastated again and again due to clashes between ruling powers, due to terrorist attacks and much more incidents like these. But true worshippers held on their faith and restored the temple to its original glory every single time.