The Golden Temple is one of the famous pilgrimage spots in India. It is also known as Harmandir Sahib and is a scared place for the Sikh community. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims come to the Golden Temple all over the year. The temple is located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab.
Sikhs consider the Golden Temple in Amritsar as a very holy site because the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the eternal Guru of the Sikhs is located inside the temple. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful lake. People wash their hands in the waters of the lake, which is considered to be a sacred ritual. The religious site was initially built around 1574 A.D. In addition to the Sikhs, people of other religions and communities also come here to pay their homage.
The Golden Temple, Amritsar is famous for the architectural beauty and charm. Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib is the most sacred part of the temple. This part of the temple is famous for the exquisite golden structure at the center. There are golden plates to cover the exterior walls of the upper floor and the dome. There are also elegant marble sculptures.
The lake that surrounds the Golden Temple is also considered to be very holy and is known as the "Pool of Nectar". There is a marble walkway, known as the Guru's Bridge, which leads to the pavilion of the temple. The doorway of the bridge consists of exquisitely carved silver doors. Another unique feature of the Golden Temple is the dining hall, known as the Guru-ka-Langar. The hall can accommodate around 35,000 devotees who are served meal by the temple authorities.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar is also famous for the celebrations. The main festival that is celebrated in the temple is Vaisakhi. It is held in the second week of April and is celebrated to commemorate the founding of the Khalsa cult. To celebrate the festival, the whole temple is illuminated with lights which are a great spectacle.
There are also numerous shops and dining hubs where travelers can go after making a visit to the Golden Temple. The dining hubs serve a wide range of mouth watering local and Punjabi delicacies. The local shops offer woodcarvings, woolen garments, and phulkaries and so on.