Darbar Sahib or Harmandir Sahib, also called the Golden Temple Amritsar, is at walking distance from Jallianwalla Bagh.
The Golden Temple is a Gurdwara, a holiest place for Sikhs. It was founded by the Fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das in 1577.
With diverse people flocking here from India, this place gives a pleasant sleek wrap of warmth from different cultures and ethnicities. 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 scarf before entering the Gudwara. I picked up my scarf from my bag and covered my head with it.
A Visit to The Golden Temple Amritsar:
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 feeling 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 resting in a colonnade in long-drawn prayers and some captivated in the mélange of music played by artisans while some men took 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 the water. It’s considered as disrespectful.
The roof of two storied shrines is made of gold foil which glows in the glimmering sunshine and marks the aesthetic performance of Sikh Architecture. Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, is placed on the lower floor of the sanctum. You’ll have to wait in the long queue to take the blessings. The golden onion domes gleam up and the marbled floor bathed in white color, beautiful frescoes, and ivory artwork strikingly amazes everyone.
Takht is at the front of the 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 and offers free food for thousands of people. With the efforts of volunteers and the staff, they keep the langar running efficiently every day. A delicious-simple-vegetarian meal is served on a daily basis.
Make sure to dress modestly as you visit any religious place. The Golden Temple is open all day.
It was around 2 PM, we moved to our next destination – Wagah Border.
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