Best time to visitN/A
Open hours3AM - 10PM
Things to doA dip in the holy water. Observing the plaques and memorial slabs inside the Gurdwara.
Best MonthsAll year
Contact+91 183 255 3957
Rank1 out of 52 attractions in Amritsar
The Golden Temple also known as Harmandir Sahib is the holiest Gurdwara situated in Amritsar. A Sikh guru named Guru Arjan designed the golden temple and installed the Adi Granth (Holy Scripture of Sikhism) in the temple. In 19th Century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over Punjab and defended it from the attacks of the neighbouring regions. This was when he covered the top floors of the Gurdwara with Gold which helped the temple to make a distinct place in itself, and also it got the English name. The Gurdwara is surrounded by a lake, which consists the Holy Water and three Holy trees. Many memorial slab and plaques are placed inside the Gurdwara, which commemorates the past events.
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We kept our luggage in the luggage room (free of cost) and footwear in jora ghar (shoe stands) and entered the temple complex. An artificial stream was flowing to wash one’s feet before entering. Make sure to cover your head properly before entering the holy complex. Anyone can take a dip in the holy sarovar but use of soap or shampoo is not allowed. It’s believed that one gets cured of the diseases by taking a bath in the sarovar. As soon as we entered, the grandness of the temple bowled us over. The temple has gold work done on major part of it including the dome. The carving work done on the walls is amazing.The katha and kirtan at the temple was melodious. It took us approx. 3 hours to get the darshan. There are separate queues for women with toddlers. Unlike other temples in India, the volunteers don't pester you to go out once you enter the Sanctum Sanctorum. The kadha Prasad is offered with cupped hands and it is touched with the tip of krippan before it is distributed.It was almost lunch time when we moved out of the temple complex and headed towards the langar hall. We were astonished to see hundreds of volunteers working there. The food served was fresh and hot, excellent Kheer, and a special mention of the unique way of serving drinking water. Everything was systematic and neat and clean. If you are not having the lunch there, still it’s a must to go and see the Langar area because you will be amazed how common people are providing their services to do activities like cutting vegetables, making rotis, washing used plates. Everything is very systematic. A perfect example of team work. (CEOs/Managers go have a look).
We reached Amritsar at 4:00am. Alarm your clock at 3:00 am as there awaits a beautiful entrance architecture to Amritsar.From the bus stand we took the “Tonga” to the Golden temple. Which has many accommodations in its surroundings (Book hotels via OYO Rooms, they have last minute deals and offers. Rooms should cost you around 600-750).By 5:00am we freshened up and went to the golden temple.The view was soothing to the eye it was absolutely magical. The bliss of being there as a matter of fact is a superb feeling one could ever experience. The fresh air, the atmosphere, the sight the temple, the weather is just what one would call “PEACE”.
On a weekend trip we reached Amritsar by night bus from Delhi. The fare ranges around Rs1000. It will take about 10 hours to travel, starting at 9pm on day 1 and reaching at around 6 am day 2. A hotel very nearby to the temple was selected to facilitate viewing of the temple at various hours of the day. It costs only Rs 2000. We usually put up here and get discounts. Its the Hotel Sarovar Regency. Amritsar is an old city. Since the hotel was nearby, early morning we set out to view the beautiful complex where the Golden Temple is only a part of the entire complex. It was built by Sri Harmandir Sahib for Sikhs to come and pray.
The parade ended and we made our way to Golden Temple, The Last of our travelling spots. This place is the holiest in all of Sikhism built by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru. It took twenty years to build construction beginning in 1585 and completing in 1604. Nothing much had changed from last time just a few shops built around the temple. It was as magnificent as before. The best of the lot was the Langar that they served, the best Langar you would eat in any Gurudwara.
Get mesmerized by the resplendence of The Golden Temple.The golden temple is the crucible of Sikhism in the world and even people who aren’t religiously inclined wouldn’t want to miss out on the spectacular golden dome and the peaceful ambience this place emanates.
The parade ended and we made our way to Golden Temple. This place is the holiest in all of Sikhism built by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru. It took twenty years to build construction beginning in 1585 and completing in 1604. Nothing much had changed from last time just a few shops built around the temple. It was as magnificent as before. The best of the lot was the Langar that they served, the best Langar you would eat in any Gurudwara.
Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian condition of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the outskirt with Pakistan. At the focal point of its walled old town, the overlaid Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. It's toward the end of a boulevard, encompassed by the consecrated Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where explorers bathe.Recently i got a chance to travel “Amritsar”. The city of food, Golden temple and a city with many stories of freedom fighters.Saturated with history, society, and convention, Amritsar is the holiest homestead Sikhs over the world and invites vacationers with open arms. You're invited by the clamoring lanes, the smell of nourishment cooking in the outside kitchens and strains of reverential music the minute you venture in the clamoring by-paths.The City Then and NowThe circumstance, be that as it may, was very diverse amid India's Freedom Struggle. The capture and extradition of two well-known nearby pioneers, Saif-ud-Din Kichlew, a backer, and Dr. Satyapal, a medicinal professional, prompted pressure, which finished into occurrences of savagery and constraint of a political movement. On April 13, 1919, the Sikh New Year (Baisakhi), a huge meeting was called for at Jallianwala Bagh. Not long after the meeting, General Dyer
Prepare for a most delightful evening at the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib). The humbling hymns (Shabad) here will overpower your senses as you peer at the glistening gold of the temple and the tempting langar (free food) served hot will leave you with a feeling of calm and satitaion.
1. The Golden Temple with Langar: Start off with the Golden temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib or the Abode of God, during the day. If you arrive before lunch, try the Langar - for the experience, if not for the food - although the food is good too. Since we reached post lunch, we went back the next day to have the langar. But before that, we stood in a long queue to pay our respect to the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy text of Sikhism. I mention this as a must-do because of the atmosphere. The bhajans, the devotees, the holy pond, the incense smell and the general ambiance induces a sense of calm in you. Remember that you have to take off your shoes and cover your head at all times inside the temple.Here's a picture of a typical Langar at the Golden Temple.
That night, we visited the gloriously lit Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhism. The temple inside which is installed the Adi Granth or the holy scripture, is located in the center of a holy tank called the Sarovar, believed to contain immortal nectar fed by the Ravi river. The complex is huge with hundreds of devotees all around the place, some taking a dip in the water, some standing in queues, a few sleeping by the side and some others involved in voluntary chores like cleaning the marble floors and washing utensils used for Langar, the distribution of free food to all visitors irrespective of caste, creed or social status. The walls of the temple has memorial plaques narrating anecdotes from the days of the Sikh Gurus, saints and martyrs and vivid accounts of events surrounding the dismal Operation Blue Star. As we sat on the edge of the tank marveling at the reflections in the water, an old Sikh man spoke to us. He said, "Please read the inscriptions and try to understand what happened". We obeyed.
Golden temple was a really a nice place to visit. A large number of people were gathered there. We have to wait in a long queue to enter into the main temple. After a hour long wait, we entered the main temple, where we worshipped the shrine. There were sikh guru's who were reading the holy sikh book.
Visited this place around 2000 hours. Holiest place I ever came across. Majorly worshipped by Sikhs but you’ll find people from almost all religions worshipping here without discrimination. Beautifully place with historical values. Cleanliness here has a higher priority. Sevaks maintains this place as their own homes. The inner and the outer beauty is just stunning unable to phrased in words. Overwhelmed by the entire surrounding is all I can say. And last but not the least you should not miss on Langar Thali. The day came to an end and so the trip with this spiritual experience and lots of positive vibes. Next day started my way back to my own city and my own people.
A peaceful place , some beautiful people, filled with holy spirit, the golden evening.. all together makes this place mesmerizing.... satnam shri waheguru....
Holiest place for Sikhs.
In the center of the city, an amazing place with stunning architecture. Religious feel and more interesting is its history. The night view of the Shrine with all lights lit up, chants and the chill breeze makes you feel you are in different world.
World famous Sikh temple
The Harmandir Sahib(aka Golden Temple) is grand and beautiful, built on Mughal and Sikh architecture. I was amazed to see the cleanliness and way this place is managed. The Guru-ka-Langar here dispenses around 60,000-80,000 meals every day and it shoots up to 2,00,000 on Sikh holy days. The Golden Temple looks even more beautiful when lit up at night. The glittering gold at night escalates the grandeur of the temple. The ritual followed to carry the Guru Granth Sahib out of the sanctum sanctorum for Sukhasan every night is a treat to watch.
No need to say why. Golden Temple is peaceful and I'm putting it mildly here. It's beauty knows no bounds. You will be awestruck by how people just sit there for hours at a stretch. You might want to take out half a day for this if you want to be able to do complete justice to this place.
Peace, calm and divinity - Three words I find just about enough to describe the Place!
1. Guru Ka Langar at Golden Temple The free langar meal provided by the Golden Temple - Sikhs’ holiest Shrine - that feeds upto 1,00,000 people daily does not just taste good, but is prepared with much devotion by the staff members and volunteers. Serving hot chapattis, dal and sabzi, the kitchen is operational round the clock. Sit on the floor of langar hall and enjoy a meal in peace.
The most sacred site for Sikhs and one of the most beautiful places of worship. Visit it during the evening and day, try and sit in one of the langar (meal), its peaceful inspite of so many pilgrims. You cannot visit Punjab and not go here.
Floating at the end of a long causeway, the Golden Temple itself is a mesmerising blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, with an elegant marble lower level adorned with flower and animal motifs in pietra dura work (as seen on the Taj Mahal). More shrines and monuments are dotted around the edge of the compound. Inside the main entrance clock tower, the Sikh Museum shows the persecution suffered by the Sikhs at the hands of Mughals, the British and Mrs Indira Gandhi. Unlike many historical sacred sites, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is still fully alive with religious fervor and sacredness, and visitors are welcomed to join in the experience. Although the building itself has great historical and architectural interest, it is the Golden Temple's great spiritual meaning for Sikh believers (and others) that is most memorable to visitors.
Begin your trip by visiting the holiest place for Sikhs, the Golden Temple. Open to people of all faiths, every entrant is expected to cover their head and remove their footwear. The smooth white marble feels quite cool even under the harsh mid-day sun. Shops selling religious memorabilia flank the path to the temple and their vendors smile brightly at you as you buy a Kadda for your elder brother. Guards in bright blue robes, mustard yellow turbans and spears in their hands walk past you with non-threatening glances. The most sacred part of the temple is the Hari Mandir, which houses the Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book). The golden lotus shaped dome of the Hari Mandir shimmers amidst the crisp blue waters of the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar). The temple, free of most social prejudices has business tycoons collecting your plates and a peasant woman rolling the chappatis in the Guru-ka-Langaar (communal dining hall) where the visitors receive a free meal.