The Golden Temple ranks among the renowned pilgrimage spots and holy sites in India. The temple is also known as Harmandir Sahib and is located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab. The Golden Temple is also known as Harmandir Sahib and is one of the most scared sites of the people of the Sikh community.
Thousands of devotees, pilgrims and tourists come to the Golden Temple in Amritsar every year. The temple is considered very sacred to the Sikhs because it consists of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the eternal Guru of the Sikhs. The temple is situated in the midst of a beautiful lake. The lake is also considered to be very sacred. People wash their hands in the lake, which is supposed to bring good luck. The Golden Temple was built in the year 1574. Apart from the people of the Sikh community, thousands of people from other faiths, communities and races also come to pay their respects in the temple.
The Golden Temple, Amritsar is well known for its exquisite architectural wonder and design. The most scared and major part of the temple is the Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. There is a beautiful and grand golden structure at the center of the temple. It looks majestic from a distance. In addition to the golden structure, there are also plates made of gold which are used to cover the outer parts of the dome and the walls. The temple also boasts of beautiful marble sculptures.
The lake which borders the Golden Temple is also very sacred. It is known as the 'Pool of Nectar". The temple is connected by a walkway made of marble, which is known as the Guru's Bridge. The bridge leads to the pavilion of the temple. There are beautifully carved silver doors on the doorway of the bridge. There is also a huge dining hall in the temple, which is known as the Guru-ka-Langar. The hall can cater to around 35,000 pilgrims who are served meal for free by the authorities of the temple.
During popular Punjabi festivals like Vaisakhi, the Golden Temple is beautifully decorated with lights which make it a spectacular sight. Fireworks also fill up the night sky. There are also plenty of dining hubs and shops near the temple where travelers can go.