Amritsar is a home to many historical places. A lot of important events took place in this state during the British Raj. It is has a huge significance in Sikh culture and is considered to be one of the ancient cities of North India. People from all over the world come to the city to visit the historic places but most of all; the tourists are attracted towards the Golden Temple.
Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple is one of the most important and a huge shrine of the Sikh religion and culture. If you haven’t seen the Golden Temple, your trip to Amritsar is a waste. There are four doors to get inside the Harmandir Sahib which signifies that Sikh religion is open to all people of all religions. Also, don’t think that the holy shrine is just painted in gold; the main temple where Guru Granth Sahib is kept is made from actual gold.
The entire complex is quite gigantic and it even houses tourists. Despite the temple being quite huge in size, it is well- maintained and clean. This fact impressed me as I didn’t expect the area to be well kempt. Your shoes will also be safe as they have separate counters for shoes and they even give you a token so that they do not get misplaced.
My visit to The Golden Temple was quite peaceful and the cherry on top was that we went there at night. It’s better to visit the temple in a weekday (and at night) as the crowd is less and you can easily get to the main temple within half an hour.
The moment I entered the temple and got down the stairs, I was in awe of the place. Now, I am not the kind of person who prays and all but just looking at the temple, lit with golden lights, made me so happy. All I was saying the entire time was how beautiful it looked. I wanted to touch the gold walls (and I did). You can just sit near the sarovar and look at the beauty surrounding you, it is just so mesmerizing, a treat to your eyes. I am sure you won’t see anything like this ever. I think I am at a loss of adjectives while describing the Golden Temple. You will have to say it for yourselves and you’ll understand. Also, don’t forget to take the lip smacking Halwa as Prasad after you are done visiting the shrine (Yes, your hands will be all oily but it’s worth it).
Some important things to keep in mind while visiting The Golden Temple are:
One of THE most important thing visitors have to keep in mind that it is mandatory for people to cover their heads in the entire complex, irrespective of you’re a man or a woman. Well, if you haven’t covered your head before entering, the sewedars won’t let you enter; they are quite strict in this matter. Also, there are small marble ditched filled with water so that you can wash your feet before entering the temple. Also, the main shrine is surrounded by water (sarovar) and you can take a dip inside it too.
It is alright to carry your cameras inside and you can take as many photos as you want but once you get inside the main shrine (Harmandir Sahib), just make sure your cameras and cell phones are inside your bags as photography is strictly prohibited inside the main temple.
My visit to Amritsar was complete after visiting the temple and it was indeed beautiful and out of the world, something you’ll only see in this Incredible India.
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