By: Keyur Seta
Over the years, I must have heard umpteen number of times that the Golden Temple in Amritsar (Punjab), also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is one of the most beautiful places in India. I got some idea of it by watching its sight in numerous images and movies (Rang De Basanti, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi etc).
But I came to know its sheer brilliance only when I visited it for the first time a week ago. The manner in which it is radiating such enormous beauty since centuries can even make an atheist into a believer, even if it is just temporarily.
This is because one can’t ignore the immense peace the golden monument generates into you. The kind behavior of the staff and their commitment towards cleanliness adds on to the impressiveness.
This automatically gets passed on to the devotees. They might quarrel or do various kinds of mischief outside. But once inside, a sense of responsibility and sanskaar takes over them.
Golden Temple is one place that shows its different shades of beauty during day and night. So, it is mandatory to visit it during both phases of the day, like we did. The results are seen in the pictures.
Like all Gurudwaras, Golden Temple too offers langar (meals) to devotees daily irrespective of their religion, caste, language, nationality and what not. And being the biggest Gurudwara in the country, the number of people fed daily goes into lakhs.
All in all, the Golden Temple is a must visit for those craving for peace and hope.
Timings of the Golden Temple: 3 am to 10 pm.
More information or history: The Golden Temple was built in 1577 by the fourth holy Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. It was turned into gold 200 years later by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. For complete info, click HERE.