Golden Temple - Symbol of Humanism and Equality
The Most Popular Pilgrimage destination for the Sikhs
The Golden Temple is situated in Amritsar, Punjab, India. Its construction began in 1574 and was completed in 1601; however it had to be rebuilt after it was sacked in 1760s.
The Golden Temple is made of marble and gold, and stands on the land donated by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. All the gold and marble work took place under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Being the major pilgrimage destination for the Sikhs from all over the world, the Golden Temple also holds a popular tourist attention. It is also a symbol of humanism and equality as anybody, irrespective of their caste, creed and language, can visit the temple for seeking the spiritual blessings.
It was officially renamed Harmandir Sahib in March 2005. The most sacred part of the Golden Temple complex is the Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib (Court of the Lord), at the center of the water body. The water that surrounds the Hari Mandir is a sacred pool known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar). The four entrances of the temple from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome. Guru-ka-Langar, a dining hall where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers, is also a major highlight of the Golden Temple.
Timings to visit Golden Temple
The Golden Temple is open on all days.
Summer Timings: 07:30 AM to 07:30 PM
Winter Timings: 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM
How to reach Golden Temple
The Golden Temple is well connected with the railway station as well as Raja Sani International Airport of Amritsar, which is at a distance of around 15 Kms.
To see other famous Indian Pilgrimages and Temples, check out: Pilgrimage Centres in India.