Amritsar, among other things, is best known for being home to the Golden Temple, one of the holiest sites in Sikhism. Apart from the Golden Temple, there are other religious sites in Amritsar which attract a large number of devotees. The city of Amritsar also reflects the secular spirit of India because one comes across temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras in this holy city.
The Golden Temple is the holiest and most visited religious destination in Amritsar. Popularly known as Harmandir Sahib, it attracts millions of devotees annually. The community kitchen, known as langar, serves free food to thousands of people on a regular basis. Durgiana Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is another religious site in the city. The temple is visited by a large number of Hindus throughout the year and comes alive with celebrations during Hindu festivals.
The Akal Takht is another religious site in Amritsar which is deeply revered by Sikhs all around the world. It stands directly opposite the Golden Temple and was built by Guru Hargobind Singh as a seat of religious and political justice for Sikhs. During the 17th and 18th century, it existed as a symbol of political resistance against the Mughal emperors. Yet another holy place in Amritsar is Jama Masjid Khairuddin, situated in Hall Bazaar. Built in the year 1876 by Mohammad Khairuddin, this mosque attracts a large number of devotees, both local and tourists, throughout the year.
Apart from these, Ram Tirath is also a highly revered religious destination for Hindus. Ram Tirath is most famous for hosting the 10-day Ram Tirath Mela at Valmiki Ashram, which is believed to be the ashram of Bhagwan Valmiki. The fair is attended by people in large numbers.