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Golden Temple Amritsar

The Gurudwara Sri Harmandir Sahib is known as Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is not only in India but also a world famous temple. It is one of the famous pilgrimage sites of Sikhism. The Golden Temple is the most sacred and beautiful gurdwara of the Sikh community located in Amritsar Punjab India. Sri Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple is very amazing and beautiful to see because it has layers of gold on its walls. The upper garland of this temple is made of 400 kg gold. Everyday millions of tourists from India and around the world arrive to see the beauty of Sri Harmandir Sahib and feel the sanctity.

History of Golden Temple

The first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, and the fifth Guru Arjun Sahib Ji themselves designed the architecture of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Before that, the third Nanak, Shri Guru Amar Das Sahib, had talked about building the Golden Temple in Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar. But to get it constructed, Guru Ramdas Sahib Ji donated land, due to which the construction of the Golden Temple was completed. The construction of Sri Harmandir Sahib started in 1570 which was completed in 1577 AD.

Sri Harmandir Sahib was built by all religions to worship God in peace together. Arjuna, the Guru of Sikhism, invited the Muslim Sufi saint, Hazrat Mian Mir, to lay the foundation stone of Sri Harmandir Sahib to place before the people the sign of the universality of non-sect Sikhism.

Langars in Golden Temple

Everyday lakhs of people come to worship Shri Harmandir Sahib and all people join hands to anchor the gurudwara. Everyday millions of people are fed free food in these langars. The langar is organized not only in the Golden Temple but also in almost all gurdwaras in India.

Darshan Timings in Golden Temple

To see the Golden Temple, you have to be in a long line. There is no such thing as online booking for early viewing. However, if you want to avoid long line then you can stand in line from 4 am, your number will come soon. Visitation in the temple takes place from 3 am to 10 pm. Because of the long line, your number will not come even in three to four hours. So if you want to see well then come any day except Saturday-Sunday.

Rules for Tourist / Visitors in Golden Temple

  1. No person is allowed inside the gurudwara wearing his shoes.
  2. Drinking alcohol, eating meat, smoking cigarettes or any type of intoxication is strictly prohibited within the gurudwara.
  3. It is necessary to wear clothes covering the entire body.
  4. It is necessary to tie a handkerchief on the head before entering inside the gurudwara. Those who do not have a handkerchief to tie on the head, the people of the gurudwara themselves give them a scarf.

Important Facts of Golden Temple

  1. The Golden Temple is considered a Sikh shrine.
  2. The first entire Guru Granth Sahib has been established in the Golden Temple itself.
  3. Baba Budha ji was the first worshiper of the Golden Temple.
  4. There are four gates to enter the Golden Temple.
  5. The Golden Temple has the largest kitchen in the world where free food is served to about 1 lakh people every day. This food reaches the people in the form of langar (a collective banquet).

Best Time to Visit Golden Temple

If you are planning to visit the Golden Temple during the summer holidays, then do not even think about coming here at this time. Because it is very hot here, this time is not good for visiting here. You can come here in the monsoon season between July to August. Otherwise, October to March is the best time to visit here.

How to Reach Golden Temple

If you are going from Delhi to Amritsar train or by road, then it will take about 9 hours while flight will cost only 1 hour. If you are going for the Golden Temple then there is Rajasansi Airport here. It takes 15 minutes to reach here from Amritsar. If you are going to Delhi by road then you can reach Amritsar by Grand Trunk Road. With this, if you are going by highway, then you can reach Amritsar even after passing from Karnal, Ambala, Khanna, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

Content last updated in January 2021


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