Golden Temple

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 fulfilment without any hindrance. The Golden Temple has a unique Sikh architecture. The temple is a two-storied structure with its top half covered in almost 400 kg of pure gold leaf. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, the four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome. The pool surrounding the Golden Temple is known as the Amrit Sarovar which is considered sacred by the devotees. Earlier, legends used to say that a holy dip in the Amrit Sarovar can cure ailments and disorders. This gurudwara was constantly attacked and destroyed by the Islamic rulers. In the year 1762, this religious heritage was completely blown away with gunpowder. After the devastation, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a brave Sikh ruler rebuilt the rich heritage with marble and adorned it with gold. The langar sewa at the Amritsar Golden Temple is the largest free kitchen in the world.