Gurpurab Special: Amazing things about Golden Temple

TravelGurpurab Special: Amazing things about Golden Temple


Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated as a holy festival in Sikhism as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav. On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, or Gurpurab, we have listed out here some interesting facts about the Golden Temple based in Amritsar.

1) Golden Temple is the abode of God and thus, is also known as Harmandir Sahib or the Darbar Sahib. 

2) Golden Temple is located in Amritsar in Punjab in India. It is the most important spiritual location of Sikhism.

3) The man-made pool on the location of the Golden Temple was finished by the fourth Sikh Guru called Guru Ram Das in 1577. A copy of the Adi Granth was placed in the temple in 1604 by Guru Arjan. 

4) It is reported that the Mughals and Afghans had repeatedly destroyed the temple architecture, thus making the Sikhs rebuild the temple quite repeatedly. 

5) The name of Golden Temple arrived when Maharaja Ranjit Singh rebuilt the temple with marble and copper in 1809 and also kept the sanctum with gold leaf in 1830. Maharaja Ranjit Singh is the founding member of the Sikh Empire.

6) The Gurudwara of the Golden Temple has been rebuilt again in 1984 after a conflict with the Indian government.

7) The Golden Temple is not just visited by Sikhism followers but by people of all religions from different walks of life. 

8) The Golden Temple is recently considered to be a symbol that promotes equality and welcomes people from different faiths as a common holy place.

8) The Golden Temple is also popular for running langar, which is a free Sikh community-run kitchen offering vegetarian meals to all visitors without any discrimination. It is reported that lakhs of people visit the holy temple on a daily basis for worship and to get prasad. Visitors sit on the floor in rows, which is called pangat. The meal is then given by volunteers as part of their kar seva ethos.

9) Here is a list of places that people can visit near the Golden Temple:

Tourist Information Center in Golden Temple Amritsar

Ramgarhia Bunga

Historical Seat from Red Fort Delhi

Central Sikh Museum

Community Kitchen (Guru ka Langar)

Dukh Bhanjani Beri

Ath Sath TirathDiwan Hall Manji Sahib

Shaheed Bunga Baba Deep Singh Ji

Darshani Deori

Lachi Ber

Karah Prasad

Ber Baba Budha Ji

Miri Piri Nishan Sahib

Sikh Reference Library

Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai

Guru Granth Sahib Research Centre

Gurdwara Bibi Kaulan Ji

Teja Singh Samundri Hall

9) If you are in Amritsar and after your visit to the places near Golden Temple are looking for more tourist attractions, then you can visit these places:

Partition Museum Amritsar

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum Amritsar

Pul Kanjari Amritsar

Khalsa College Amritsar

Durgiana Temple Amritsar

Wagah Border Amritsar

Sarai Amanat Khan Amritsar

Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala

Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar

10) In order to mark the importance of the Golden Temple, India Post also released commemorative stamps in 1935, 1949, and 1987.

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