Anyone who has the opportunity to visit is dazzled by the magnificent beauty of the golden temple, located by the sacred lake located in Amritstar city, Punjab, India. One of the most sacred religious buildings in the world, cannot ignore the name Harmandir Sahib Temple, also known as the “Golden Temple”, which hosts more than 100,000 visitors a day.
Whoever comes here will certainly be impressed with the architecture and history of this famous temple. It is estimated that millions of Sikhs from all over the world come to the pilgrimage temple every month.
Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib is the most sacred temple of Sikhism, located in Amritstar city, Punjab, India. Construction began in December 1585 and was completed in August 1, 1604, with 100 kilograms of gold used to plaster the domes of the cathedral, as well as the outer surface.
Anyone who has the opportunity to visit is dazzled by the magnificent beauty of the golden temple, located by a sacred lake, also known as a spirit wine lake. A bridge connects the lake to bring pilgrims into the temple. This bridge is also symbolic in the journey of the spirit after death.
The Harmandir Sahib Temple is built of marble with a gold leaf covering the outside, making everything shine, especially at night. The building has a different layout than many other religious buildings of the Sikhs. Instead of being placed high, the Harmandir Sahib Temple was built in the lowlands, surrounded by a lake.
Don’t forget to admire the delicately decorated marble walls, gilded upstairs, shiny domes and luxurious gold interior. The temple welcomes pilgrims at 4 different doors, showing open and friendly thought.
If many religious buildings in the world are quite mysterious, even closed, Harmandir Sahib is always open to guests. Visitors are given towels to wrap their heads around, wash their feet in the sacred lake, and then step inside. Smoking and drinking are two particularly taboo acts.
Temple Harmandir Sahib also owns the largest Sikh community kitchen in the world, when serving up to 100,000 meals daily for free. The spacious and generous Guru-Ka-Langar canteen is a feature of Sikhism.
The temple is located in the historic center in Amritsar. From here, visitors only take 10 minutes to walk to the famous sights and landmarks of the city such as Katra Jaimal Singh Market and Jaillanwala Bagh Memorial Park. Guests can use the free bus service to travel between the temple and Amritsar Junction station.
The Golden Temple is open daily and there is no admission fee. Remember to remove shoes, cover your head and wash your hands and feet before entering the temple. When walking around the lake, visitors remember to go clockwise. At the information center at the main entrance, there are guides and brochures.