Golden Temple, Amritsar

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The Golden Temple at Amritsar, India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is the central religious place of the Sikhs of India. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. It is a place better experienced than described.

The Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) was constructed in 1588. Soon after, construction of the Sri Harimandir Sahib was started and in 1604 it was completed.

The Golden Temple has a unique architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land, the Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

While the temple does have its permanent employees, the bulk of the work is done by ‘Kar Sevaks’ – volunteers from different walks of life who offer their services for free. The cleanliness of the temple and the efficiency with which it is run speaks of the Kar Sevak’s devotion to duty.

Posted on 2011-10-15 10:13:26

Tagged: , Golden-Temple , Amritsar , Punjab , India , Religion , Temple , Sikh , Holy

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