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|Subject: Golden Temple of Amritsar 13/11/2010, 10:12 pm|| |
The Golden Temple in India, which is often called the “Darbar Sahibor Harmandar Sahib” by the Indians, is one of the oldest places ofworship for the ‘Sikhs’ and is located in Amritsar, Punjab. It isconsidered one of the holiest, blessed and sacrosanct places in India.It is a symbol of both beauty and peace. The temple is surrounded by asmall man-made lake which has tons and tones of fishes in it. This lakeis supposed to have holy water. The temple can be entered from fourdifferent sides and thus symbolizes openness, acceptance. This conceptis based on the old tents which were open from all four sides,welcoming travelers from all directions.The Golden Temple has three holy trees. There is also a small SikhMuseum near the Ghanta Ghar in Amritsar which is very rich ininformation, especially for the first time visitors. The entire top ofthe temple is made of pure gold and thus adds a lot of pride and beautyto the entire temple.During the earlier days, this place was a huge lake surrounded by athin line of forests. It is also said that Buddha journeyed to find outthe real meaning of life spent some considerable time in this place.The first guru of the Sikh community called the Guru Nank also used tomeditate in this peaceful place and years after he passed away, many ofhis disciples kept coming back to the site and then it finally became asacred place. It was during the Fifth Guru, Arjana when the Temple wasfinally built 1604. It was Guru Arjan who installed the “Guru GranthSahib” in the temple and appointed the first reader in August 1604. Thetemples architecture is that of both Hindu and Muslims. On manyoccasions, it was destroyed by a certain set of community and rebuiltby the Sikhs.