Thursday, 6 November 2014

Facts About Golden Temple Amritsar, India

Golden Temple is one of the most important and key religious places for Sikhs in Amritsar. The Gurudwara blessed with immense spiritual bliss and tranquillity really forms the centre and soul of Amritsar. It also holds the Granth Sahib which is a holy scripture for the Sikhs. The upper floors of the Gurudwara are completely covered with gold and hence it is called the Golden Temple.

The Golden Temple has three holy trees. There is also a small Sikh Museum near the Ghanta Ghar, or clock house, in Amritsar which is very rich in information. The entire top of the temple is made of pure gold and thus adds a lot of pride and beauty to the entire temple.                

The construction of the Golden Temple itself started in 1588 under the leadership of the fifth guru; Guru Arjan Dev Ji. The story says that a close friend of the guru was asked to lay the foundation stone of the building. After the stone had been laid, a mason straightened the stone which, to which the guru said as you have just undone the work of such a holy man, who knows what disaster might come.”

The Golden Temple is located in Punjab, northern India. It lies next to the lake Amritsar, in the southern parts of the city with the same name. The easiest way to reach the Golden Temple from afar is by airplane. The Amritsar Airport lies in close proximity to the famous temple.

  • The Central Sikh Museum is a must visit for everyone touring the Darbar Sahib. It reflects the history and significance of the Golden Temple through its murals, paintings and art works. These were made by prominent Sikh personalities, including saints, warriors and leaders.
  • The Golden Temple is also referred to as "Darbar Sahib” or “Harmandar Sahib", and is one of the oldest worship places for the Indian Sikh. It is located in Amritsar, Punjab.
  • The Guru Granth Sahib is the holy scripture of the Sikhs. This large holy book is a compilation of the renderings of the renowned saints of the time (like Sant Kabir and Surdas) and the Ten Gurus (known as the founders of Sikhism). It was compiled by Guru Arjan Dev and installed for the very first time in this temple. You can spot it on a prominent platform under a jewel-studded canopy on the ground floor in the Main Hall of the Golden Temple.
  • The temple was initially built without any gold coating. It is during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the ruler of Punjab in the early 19th century that the temple went under full renovation and made into what it is today.

  • Before the temple was built, the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak, used to meditate at the site. It was not until the fifth Guru, Guru Arjana that the temple was built.

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