Situated in Amritsar, Punjab, Golden Temple is one of the most sacred sites of India. Sikh people throughout the world consider it as the symbol of strength and magnificence. It is also popularly known as Sri Harmandir Sahib. Rich ideologies and history of Sikhism are attached with Golden Temple. Are you interested in knowing more about this holiest shrine? Then simply have a look!
About Sri Harmandir Sahib :
Golden Temple is regarded as the apposite example of the spirit of acceptance and tolerance, which is advocated by the philosophies of Sikhism. The popular symbols of worship are included in its architecture. Sri Harmandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib is named after temple of God, Hari.
Do you have any idea why is it called Golden Temple? Well, it is called so on account of its picturesque beauty and lavish golden coating. This concept is very popular and especially meant for today’s English speaking world. Sikh people across the world deeply desire to pay a visit and pay obeisance at this sacred temple. The architecture of Golden Temple is simply lavish that cannot be described in words.
The structure is built on a lower level unlike the style of Hindu temple, where there is mainly one entrance gate. It has four open sides. This temple is built on a huge platform or space. There are four doors on four directions. You will observe an elegant artistic style in each and every aspect of the decoration.
Built in 1577, the temple's dome is gilded with 750 kg of gold.
History of Golden Temple :
A Muslim saint named Hazrat Mian Mir ji laid its foundation on December 1588. The entire construction was supervised by Guru Arjan Sahib and in his venture he was assisted by several well-renowned Sikh personalities like Bhai Gurdas ji, Baba Budha ji, and Bhai Sahlo ji. The Afghan invaders tried to destroy it several times and every single time the Sikhs sacrificed their lives in order to restore and protect the temple’s sanctity. Thus, it is called the sign of Sikhism new faith. It is Guru Arjan Sahib, who made this temple accessible for each and every single individual without any religion, caste and sex distinction.
Attractions of Golden Temple :
Some of the main objects of interest at this holy place are listed below, just check them out –
- Ber Baba Budha Ji
- Thara Sahib
- Ath Sath Tirath (68 holy places condensed into one)
- Dukh Bhanjni Ber (Jujube Tree)
- Gurdwara llachi Ber
- Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga Baba Deep Singh