The Golden Temple, AmritsarCurrently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
- Address: Rajan Khadwal, Amritsar, Punjab 143006, India
- Timings: 06:00 am - 11:55 pm Details
- Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Gurudwara, Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids, Architecture
About The Golden Temple, Amritsar
What Mecca is to Islam, Amritsar is to Sikhism! The Golden Temple is a symbol of religious sanctity among the Sikhs. Situated in the premises of the Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple is at the end of a long causeway, preceded by the Amrit Savovar (Pool of Nectar), said to be the holy water with healing and redemption powers. Many devout Sikhs come and bathe and cleanse themselves in the tank which holds the Amrit (Nectar). The Golden Temple opens its door to people from walks and faiths of life. This open mind ideology stems from the belief that everyone is welcome to come and worship as all are equal in the eyes of God.
The architecture of the Golden Temple has nuances of both Hindu as well as Muslim architecture. The lower level is made out of elegant marble and is reminiscent of the interiors of the Taj Mahal with its motifs and pietra dura. The second level of the Temple showcases engraved golden panels and a dome made from 750kg worth of Gold. The place of worship, the Gurudwara, is on the second level. Photography is prohibited within the inner sanctum. The Adi Granth, considered to be, the holiest book is placed at the sanctum during the hours of worship. Chants from the Guru Granth Sahib are playing in the background feeling with the visitor, a feeling of tranquility.
The premises of the Harmandir Sahib run the largest free kitchen in the world, feeding around 80,000 plus people every day. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Amritsar itinerary 3 days.
The Golden Temple Information
- The Golden Temple is a place of worship and reverence. Dress appropriately and before you enter the temple, wash your feet and cover your head with the scarf.
- You can either buy the scarf at a minimal price, or it will be provided for you.
- Since you can eat at the langar for free, it’s customary to tip or make a donation before exiting.
The Golden Temple Opening and Closing Hours
- Open at 06:00 am to 02:00 am.
How To reach The Golden Temple by Public Transport
- There’s a free shuttle that runs between the railway station and the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is easily accessible by all modes of city transport (buses, autos and cycle rickshaws).
Restaurants Near The Golden Temple
- The Golden Temple itself has a large dining hall within its premises called the langar. They provide free meals for everyone and is a must try.
- Bharavan the Dhaba and the New Punjab Rasoi.
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The Golden Temple, Amritsar Reviews
Very special place. Beautiful and magnificent and a must visit if in northern India. My last visit was 9 years ago and how it has changed. Before entering, the streets around have been given a major refurbishment. New buildings, brand new statues and car park. Streets complete refurbishment. We went at night time and I understand there is now a museum to visit. A lovely fountain. You will need something to place over your head and cover your hair. You will need to hand in your shoes and socks and go barefoot. There are lockers provided and they will give you a key code. Once inside. You will enjoy the peacefulness and spectacular views.
: awesome feeling being in a place where people all over the world visited the most. > seeing different people from different religion and culture showing respect to each other and the place itself. > will definitely show this place to my family once they come to India also. > the peacefulness of it though it is mostly crowded is really unbelievable. > the calmness you will feel once you are inside is something you never expected. > and this place doesn't show discrimination as everyone is welcome all the time. > you will feel like you wanna keep coming back in this place. > it seems like different world inside. > you will learn something by observing what is happening in every side of it too . > will be seeing this place again soon.
Heaven on earth. I don't have words to describe the eternal peace I felt while visiting this holy place today. The Gurudwara (Sikh temple) is made in the center of a pond with only one path leading to the structure. The pond is fenced and has four entrances. The logic is .... devotees from all faith are welcome to pay respect and all faiths will lead to God provided you follow the path set by their Gurus. The entire premise is spic and span with well maintained facilities and directions for devotees. Over all great experience and a must visit place through your lifetime.
Awesome place. Any number of words are less to describe the devotion shown here. A must visit in the city. Edit December 2017 - The new layout inside the larger premises has been considerable improved now. Only pedestrians and cycle rickshaws are permitted which allows for more time to be spent. Very well managed parking nearby allows for easy access. The place can be crowded at times due to popularity. Keeping one's belongings safe is a good idea as always. A must visit whenever one gets a chance to visit this amazing city.
a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this purpose is sometimes called a house of worship. Temples, churches, synagogues and mosques are examples of structures created for worship. A monastery, particularly for Buddhists, may serve both to house those belonging to religious orders and as a place of worship for visitors. Natural or topographical features may also serve as places of worship, and are considered holy or sacrosanct in some religions