Golden Temple is situated in Amritsar. The monument represents a fine example of the inclusive nature of the Sikhs and people from all sects of society are welcomed at this shrine. The atmosphere around the place is divine and bustling with activity all the time with large crowds paying homage or bathing in the pool. The visitors and pilgrims who come here must remove their shows outside the Gurudwara and make sure that their heads are covered with scarves. Photography in the shrine is only allowed in the Parikrama area which is the marble pathway that runs all around the pool. Tobaccos and alcohol consumption inside the campus is not allowed and one can even access the information office anytime if they need help.
The architecture of the Gurudwara is a mix of the Hindu as well as the Islamic styles but has its own unique identity. The dome of the structure is said to be covered with around 750 kgs of pure gold and it is in the pattern of an inverted lotus flower which is meant to inspire people to give up their vices and lead a pure life. Just as in the case of the famous TajMahal you would get different views of the place at different times of the day.
There is a causeway built here that leads to the double storeyed temple called the HariMandir Sahib or the Darbar Sahib. It stands right in the middle of the pool which is also referred to as the AmritSarovar or the divine pool. The marble walls of the temple have inlaid floral patterns as well as animal motifs in the pietradura form similar to that of the TajMahal. There are four priests present in the temple at all times who recite the holy text in Gurumukhi from their sacred book and this recitation is broadcast all around the temple. The original copy of the sacred book called the Guru Granth Sahib is maintained inside a pink shroud in the main temple during the day hours and at night it is returned to the Akal Takhat during the night hours.
The ceremony times are 5:00 A.M. and 9:15 P.M. in the winters and 4:30 A.M. and 10:15 P.M. in the summers. In the main entrance clock tower there is a Sikh Museum which tells everyone about the Sikh martyrs who laid down their lives in front of the Mughals, the British and Mrs. Gandhi. The Akal Takhat is where the ShiromaniGurudwaraPrabandhak Committee or the Sikh Parliament usually meets. It was destroyed by the army in 1984 but was restored with time to its present state today. The Baba Atal tower was made in 1784 and was dedicated to AtalRai the son of the sixth guru HarGobind. Once Atal saved the life of a playmate who was bitten by a snake he was scolded by his father for interfering with God’s working. Atal committed suicide here to atone for what he did and the nine stories of the Gurudwara here represent his nine years of life. The Guru kaLangar that runs here is a community dining room which runs purely on donations and shows the unity between the various members of the community. The kitchens offer roti’s, daal, rice, and chapattis for more than 40 thousand people per day.
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|