The Golden Temple

Amritsar, a city in Punjab is home to the Golden Temple, the most important religious place of the Sikhs. I had always wanted to visit this beautiful temple and got a chance to do so on our recent holiday. Amritsar, the original name of the pool around which the temple complex grew, means “pool of ambrosial nectar”.

The temple’s architecture draws on both Hindu and Moslem artistic styles yet represents a unique coevolution of the two. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), Hari Mandir was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones. Within the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the Adi Grantha, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs. This scripture is a collection of devotional poems, prayers, and hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and various Moslem and Hindu saints. Beginning early in the morning and lasting until long past sunset, these hymns are chanted to the exquisite accompaniment of flutes, drums, and stringed instruments. Echoing across the serene lake, this enchantingly beautiful music induces a delicate yet powerful state of trance in the pilgrims strolling leisurely around the marble concourse encircling the pool and temple. An underground spring feeds the sacred lake, and throughout the day and night pilgrims immerse themselves in the water, a symbolic cleansing of the soul rather than an actual bathing of the body. Next to the temple complex are enormous pilgrims’ dormitories and dining halls where all persons, irrespective of race, religion, or gender, are lodged and fed for free. Source.

With my sister, nieces, and nephew at the Golden Temple

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About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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11 Responses to The Golden Temple

  1. ladyfi says:

    Wow – that golden temple is just gorgeous!

  2. coastcard says:

    What an amazing post. I love the family photo, too …

  3. Leovi says:

    I like those pictures, wonderful, with the beauty of art in India.

  4. Ginny says:

    Gosh, this is beautiful, it looks like a fairy-tale! Ambrosial Nectar is an apt name for the surrounding water. Have you been inside?

  5. How beautiful and the info you provided is so interesting..I am enjoying getting to visit this part of the world via your blogs…Michelle

  6. The temple looks very beautiful.

  7. Carver says:

    Fascinating post and wonderful shots of the golden temple.

  8. lotusleaf says:

    Great shots of the famous temple! It is one of the places I am planning to visit in the near future.

  9. Carol says:

    I enjoyed learning about The Golden Temple and looking at your very nice photographs. I also liked that all races, religions and genders are lodged and fed for free in the dormitories and dining halls. The family shot at the end was especially appreciated, and when I checked your profile, the fact that you now prefer to be at your laptop rather than cooking in the kitchen made me smile.

  10. ZielonaMila says:

    Fantastic photographs, unusual place. I am greeting

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