Amritsar

Amritsar is the holy city of the Sikhs, it is the spiritual center point of the sikh religon. It is one of the oldest cities of india and abode of the guru granth sahib the holy book of the Sikhs. The city was founded by Guru Ramdas in the year 1574. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara now known as Harmandir Sahib also famously known as the golden temple.

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Harmandir Saheb

This spiritual abode is surrounded by a water on all the sides. The structure is open from all the sides symbolizing the openness of the Sikh religon. The  water surrounding the tank is considered holy. The outside walls of the temple is gold plated.

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The whole temple complex is surrounded by massive structures. It was mainly done to protect the temple from foreign invaders. Throughout the complex one will find stories of courage and valor about the people who protected the monument and the spiritual sanctity of the place intact, one such story is of Baba Deep singh ji which is illustrated below.

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It is truely astonishing to find that people of those times cared for the feelings and emotions more than their life.No one should go away empty stomach from the place. One should leave the place with abundance in heart and mind.  The Gurudwara has a 24/7 running langar(a coomon kichten where food is prepared and served for free).

The sikhs follow a strict disciplinary code both in personal as well as professional life. The live as a warrior and that can be seen in their day to day life as well as in their attire.

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The Gurudwara has a very good spiritual vibe going and anyone who is looking for peace and tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the city will find this blissfull place all the more enchanting. It also brings in with it the delicious food at the langer and the mouthwatering ghee prasad. It is one of the few places in India where people from all walks of life irrespective of their caste, creed or culture come to pay and respects to Sikhism and receive blessings. You will also find people reciting old folktales about the courage and bravery of the great gurus.

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People from the Gurudwara reciting folktales of the land

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Men, Women and children getting ready to take the holy dip

Just outside the Gurudwara is a thronging marketplace where you get most of the important stuffs of everyday use and if one wants to have their taste buds have a gala time nothing beats punjabi food which is available in every nook and corner of Amritsar. There is also the Jalianwala bag around 500 meters from the gurudwara. If one is interested to know the atrocities this community has faced during pre-independence india the bag is a live example, time has not been able to remove any bit of that.

 

 

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