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Golden Temple, Amritsar

Significance

Significance





 

The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ??????? ?????), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ????? ?????, Punjabi pronunciation: [d??b?? s?h?b]) and informally referred to as the "Golden Temple", is a prominent Sikh gurdwara located in the city ofAmritsar, Punjab, India.

 It was built by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji, in the 16th century. In 1604,Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurudwara.

There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.

The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without any hindrance.

 It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task.

The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Its architecture represents a unique harmony between the Muslims and the Hindus way of construction work and this is considered the best architectural specimens of the world.

Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility.

About

About




The Golden Temple is a religious shrine that symbolizes the historical traditions and spirituality of the Punjabis and Sikhs living all over the world. Located in Amritsar in Punjab in the northern part of India, the temple is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, literally meaning the Temple of God. This name reflects the fact that this holy shrine believes in the oneness of God.

In a country where each of its regions has a diverse culture, religion and number of gods, the Golden Temple signifies that despite all diversity everyone is welcome to interact with the Almighty irrespective of religion, caste, region, or creed. It is therefore open from all four cardinal directions allowing people to enter from all sides.

The Golden Temple, located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab,is a place of great beauty and sublime peacefulness. Originally a small lake in the midst of a quiet forest, the site has been a meditation retreat for wandering mendicants and sages since deep antiquity.

One of the most important festivals is Vaisakhi, which is celebrated in the second week of April (usually the 13th). Sikhs celebrate the founding of the Khalsa on this day and it is celebrated with fervour in the Harmandir Sahib.

The Harmandir Sahib literally means The Temple of God. The fourth guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, excavated a tank in 1578 CE which subsequently became known as Amritsar (meaning "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality"), giving its name to the city that grew around it.

 In due course, a Sikh edifice, Sri Harmandir Sahib (meaning "the abode of God"),rose in the middle of this tank and became the supreme centre of Sikhism. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't




Do's:

  • Do pray Your Ishta Devata before Pilgrimage to temple
  • Do Contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry ,temple information and for pooja details etc.
  • Do Do reserve your travel and accommodation at temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only



Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any Purpose other than worshiping of God and Goddess
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple
  • Do not Eat Non Vegetarian food in the Kshetram
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Dharshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets ,caps ,turbans and hats inside the temple premises



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