Darbar Sahib or Harmandir Sahib, also called as Golden Temple, is at walking distance from Jallianwalla Bagh.
The Golden Temple is a Gurdwara, a holiest place for Sikhs which was founded by the Fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das in 1577.
With diverse people flocked here from India, this place gives a pleasant sleek wrap of warmth from different cultures and ethnicity. The sanctity of the temple is highly fascinating!
We left our shoes and sandals in the allocated places (Joda Ghar) and washed our feet in the flowing water. As a ritual, one has to cover their head with a piece of scarves before entering the Gudwara. I picked up my scarf from my bag and covered my head with it.
On entering the crowded colonnade, the Golden Temple beautifully embellished in gold, glistening in sunshine mirroring gloriously on the crystal clear water pool surrounded by it, gives a feel of warmth and happiness. As you walk along the circumambulation path around the pool, the serenity of the place fills you with calmness and peace. With reverberating music, you’ll feel lighter!
With hundreds of pilgrims walking around, some rests in colonnade in long-drawn prayers and some captivated in the mélange of music played by artisans while some men take a dip in holy water, we merely walked around the pool (Amrit Sarovar). You will never be allowed to take a picture without covering your head with a scarf and it will be deleted immediately by the guards. Do not sit on the side of the pool and dangle your feet in water. It’s considered as disrespectful.
The roof of two storied shrine is made of gold foil which glows in the glimmering sunshine marks the aesthetic performance of Sikh Architecture. Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikh, is placed at the lower floor of the sanctum. You’ll have to wait in the long queue to take the blessings. The golden onion domes gleams up and marbled floor bathed in white color, beautiful frescoes, and ivory artworks strikingly amazes everyone.
Takht is at the front of Sanctum which means ‘throne’ in Persian and Akal Takht is the Chief Takht in Sikhism. The Golden Temple Langar is the biggest community kitchen with two dining halls offers free food for thousands of people. With efforts of volunteers and the staff, they keep the langar run efficiently every day. A delicious-simple-vegetarian meal is served on a daily basis.
Make sure to dress modestly as you visit to any religious place. The Golden Temple is open all day.
It was around 2 PM, we moved to our next destination – Wagah Border.