The Golden Temple of Amritsar is not only the epitome of beauty, it is an example of the best of humanity has to offer to the world.
Located in Amritsar, Punjab, the Golden Temple is the central religious gurudwara for Sikhs in India.
Look at those pictures above, you will be amazed just by the outer beauty of The Golden Temple. (Yes it is made of real gold.)
Golden temple is the place of worship for Sikhs, most amazing view of humanity at it’s best can be seen here, anyone of any and every religion is welcomed to witness the holy place and anyone hungry is provided with food, prepared by the volunteers in the temple.
The Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib, meaning “abode of God” or Darbār Sahib, meaning “exalted court” is a Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.
History of The Golden Temple
The Gurdwara is built around a man-made pool (sarovar) that was completed by the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das in 1577.
Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru of Sikhism, requested Sai Mir Mian Mohammed, a MuslimPir of Lahore, to lay its foundation stone in 1589.
In 1604, Guru Arjan placed a copy of the Adi Granth in Harmandir Sahib, calling the site Ath Sath Tirath (lit. “shrine of 68 pilgrimages”).
The Gurdwara was repeatedly rebuilt by the Sikhs after it became a target of persecution and was destroyed several times by the Mughal and invading Afghan armies.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh after founding the Sikh Empire, rebuilt it in marble and copper in 1809, overlaid the sanctum with gold foil in 1830. This has led to the name the Golden Temple. – Source (Wikipedia).
The beauty and essence of Sikh religion is to help those in need without any self-interest, and that’s why sikh community is respected and loved in the world.
Gurudwaras are not only places of worship but all the temples have a Langar Hall (Big Community Kitchen), where volunteers prepared meals for thousands of people everday.
Just think, thousands of people everday come to eat at a place where the sit together in ground, where the difference between rich and poor is no more and where everyone can come and eat.
A place which provides selfless services to others above everything and volunteers who come everday not for money or self interest, but to simply give their services for people; isn’t that what every civilization aimed for?
Where “We” comes first, not what about me?, my life, my money, my goals, my world. Where the very essence of religion is service to others.
That’s why Sikh religion, The temples, are so respected and loved.
If you get a chance to visit there, you will experience human beings at their work.
Thank you for reading.