Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji, is located in Amritsar, Punjab (India). The Golden Temple, also referred to as the Darbar Sahib, is of significant importance to the Sikh faith. The location of the Golden Temple, originally a small lake in a deep forest, has long been recognised as a place of spiritual significance. It is said that Buddha spent some time there, and later the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, meditated at the Lake. Subsequent Sikh Guru’s further developed the site, and soon the the city of Amritsar grew around the Harmandir Sahib. From simple beginnings to the current striking Golden Temple, it is a truly unique, and for the Sikh’s a central, place of worship.
A unique place of worship:
- The construction of the Golden Temple combines Muslim, Hindu and European design principles
- The complex is lower than the surrounding area, so the visitor must step down in order to reach the Golden Temple
- The Golden Temple has 4 entrances,welcoming people from all walks of life, regardless of caste, colour, creed, sex and religion
- Guru Ka Langar – devotees and visitors are invited to the 3 storey communal, open kitchen serving approximately 40,000 meals daily to people of all faiths and nationalities
In and amongst the hustle and bustle of India stands a timeless place of worship, where one can listen to enchanting hymns that captivate both devotees and tourists alike. “I have seen many places, but none like Thee” – Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.
Golden Temple Amritsar.co.uk soughts to provide information about the Gurdwara (or Temple) from the early history to the present day. General visitor information together with photographs and art capturing the Golden Temple through the ages will give you an insight into the place and people that have been touched by it.
Golden Temple Amritsar.co.uk is in no way affiliated to the SPGC (Shiromini Gurdwara Parbandhakh Committee) the organisation responsible for the day to day running of the Temple complex. Any information or inquiries about the Golden Temple should be directed to the SPGC.
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