Golden Temple - Thy Golden Journey To Amritsar
There is not another temple in the world that is more golden than the Golden Temple
of Amritsar. Also known as Darbar Sahib, Golden Temple
is the most scared pilgrimage destination of the people following the Sikh religions. A place of immense beauty and sublime concord, choose this divine destination for your holiday tour in India. Amritsar is a gateway to Golden Temple, as the city is very well connected with the major airports of the country. This temple is built in the midst of a lake and appears like an island. Spend some time here, where once the sages and saints have spent their lives in meditation and contemplation. Have a gaze at the entrance of the temple that is adorned with the Victorian clock tower. You must see the inverted lotus shaped dome that crowns the temple. The artistic pattern of the temple is reflective of the adroitness and creativity and the unification of Muslim and Hindu architecture. The use of marble and gold in the ceilings and walls also deserve a mention. Not only restricted to Sikhs, this temple is an object of admiration of millions across the globe. The Golden temple plays a pivot role in attracting a large number of tourists every year. This is perhaps the only temple in the country where one needs to step down in contrast to others where one needs to climb. This Golden temple structure is a must visit while on a tour to India.
Spiritual High At Golden Temple
After strolling through the temple, one comes across Akal Takht, which was the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. Join the processions held every morning wherein the Adi Granth is placed in the Harimandir in the morning and brought back to Akal Takht each night. This is a unique ritual that takes place everyday, but nothing is compared to the Langar (community kitchen) that are held inside the premise. Not only poor and destitute but the richest of rich who savor the most heavenly cuisines, sit with their legs folded on the ground for this divine food of God. Watch the devotees engrossed in the thought provoking holy lectures while the priest recites the Guru Granth Saibh - the sacred book. One has to follow simple rule of entering the holy temple, it is obligatory to cover your head, remove your shoes and to dress up in Indian attire, you will see devotees bowing their heads and touching their forehead to the ground in-front of the Guru Granth Saibh, that's shows the utmost respect and faith the pilgrims have in the almighty. Also pay your homage to the 450 years old Jubi tree, according to the beliefs, this tree has powers that can fulfill the wishes of all including the childless women, who can be seen tying strips of clothes around the tree. Try it by yourself, but don't forget to make a wish. This is indeed a very Holy Land whose sanctity can only be tested once you come here. Visit this temple during winters that fall from the month of November to March, which is the best time in Amritsar. Also while making tours to Golden Temple also pay a homage to the victims of Jalianwala Bagh tragedy and must visit the Central Sikh museum adorned with paintings of Sikh gurus and warriors, a visit to this museum will grant you a fruitful insight on the Sikh religion.
Take a day off and take a tour of the Golden Temple along with Jalianwala bagh and Ram Bagh. These exotic halts near the golden temple will surely add to the enigma. This is a junction that every Sikh wants to cross in order to complete his journey of life. But you too must come here to see the amazing temple architecture, the gold layered canopy and the extreme faith of people in this divine structure.