The Golden Temple Amritsar

Temples of Asia | | May 23, 2011 at 4:40 am


The Golden Temple also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib is the temple that has been named after Hari, temple of God. The Sikhs from all over the world come here to pray and pay their respects to the Harmandir Sahib.

This place was conceived by Guru Arjan Sahib the fifth Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Amardas Sahib the third guru planned the excavation of the holy tank at Amrit Sarovar. The construction of this sarovar started in 1570. Hazrat Mian Mir ji laid the foundation of Guru Arjan Sahib. This unlike other Indian temples was built on a low base. All people are allowed entry here. People of various caste, creed come here and offer prayers.

Completed in the year 1601 AD Guru Arjan Sahib installed the newly constructed Guru Granth Sahib. Built on a platform measuring 67 ft this lies in the middle of the tank. With a door on the East, West, North and South. The door frames are all decorative and are designed in artistic style. There is a bridge in front of the doorway. This bridge connects it to the main building of the temple. The bridge leads to the main shrine which leads to the steps of God. There is a Har ki Paure where there is a continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib.

There is a parapet on the first floor which has four “Mamtees” on the four sides. These lie on top of the main hall. The Guru Granth Sahib is read here also regularly. There is a dome or gumbaz on top of the room. There is also a beautiful Kalsh and a magnificent Chhatri at the place where it ends.

The architecture here is a combination of the harmony between the Hindus and the Muslims, and is considered to be one of the finest specimens of construction in the whole world. This is today recognized as a particular kind of Sikh Architecture in the history of Indian art.

Thus recognized as a great monument and a place of worship the Golden Temple at Amritsar is regarded as a marvelous piece of construction in the world. People of all castes and religion and creed are seen here and there is no restriction of entry here.

With the finest piece of construction and architecture, it is considered amongst the finest pieces of touristic wonder and occupies a special place in the history of Indian tourism. With the history dating centuries back, the temple today stands tall as an example of unity in diversity. Proof to many historical events in the country the temple today evokes a sense of integration and unity amongst everyone and is thus known all over the word as a major religious spot.

The sheer magnificence and the pious nature of the temple renders a tourist totally mesmerized and he gasps for more and more as he walks around the temple premises. The Golden Temple Amritsar today is a living example of the history of India and the culture and tradition that it evokes.

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