Amritsar (Amrit meaning Nectar and Sar or Sarovar means Pond) is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan.Amritsar is easily reachable by train or road or Air.Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport named after Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city, is an international airport about 11 kilometres northwest of the city of Amritsar, India.
Sri Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God) , also Sri Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple“, is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, is not be missed by anyone visiting India.I got the privilege to visit this place only a week back but was mesmerized by the architectural beauty and holy atmosphere of this place , hearing to the constant chanting of religious hymns makes you feel as if you are in heaven….
I would also like to add that there is a free bus service from airport or railway station to reach this place.Accomodation is also available on donation as per your wish.
Uniqueness of this place is everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race is welcome to Golden Temple.
As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) of Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1577 A.D., which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest. The Harmandir Sahib complex is also home to the Akal Takht(the throne of the timeless one, constituted by the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind). While the Harmandir Sahib is regarded as the abode of God’s spiritual attribute, the Akal Takht is the seat of God’s temporal authority.
Another thing worth mentioning about this place is the free kitchen referred to as ‘langar’ which feeds vegetarian food to hundreds thousands of devotees 24 hours on all 365 days free of cost. All this is possible because of donations and devoted volunteers who assist selflessly in food preparation, serving food as well as cleaning.Everyone must sit on the floor as equals while eating, so all people are on the same level and nobody is ‘above’ anyone else.Cleanliness of this complex is also worth noting, inspite of huge no of devotees visiting daily this place is maintained spotlessly clean.
This place is treat to both eyes and soul and is must visit in early morning and night and is experience which cannot be described in words.Constant chanting of religious hymns adds to the holiness of this place and for everyone to understand these there are screens in the complex which display the meaning of these verses in English.Visit to this place is an experience in itself and words fall short to describe it….
I have written this article based on different posts on internet I had read before and during my visit and my personal experience on visiting this place if I have made any mistakes these are completely unintentional and please feel free to suggest necessary corrections.I apologize if I have unknowingly hurt anybody’s religious sentiments….
I will be posting one more article to cover other attractions in Amritsar keep watching……