Punjab- the Land of Gurus, the Land of Pirs and Fakirs -Can be your perfect Getaway for 3 to 4 days.Punjab - 'panj' means 'five' and 'aab' mean 'water'.So Punjab is a land where five Holy rivers enroute - the Ravi, the Beas, the Chenab, the Jhelum,and the Satluj.But after partition, the part of Punjab in India has only three of them.Punjab - a land where the seeds of Sikhism were sown and they florished so rapidly and vastly, such that we can't imagine Punjab without that.The roots of spirituality, sacrifice are so strong - something which binds Punjab all together.So a trip Punjab is a must one:-
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Made in the style of the Golden Temple of Amritsar, this is another temple dedicated to Lord Laxmi- Narayan in the same city of Amritsar. One of the main pilgrim places in Punjab, this temple is also known as the Durgiana Tirath or the Sitla Mandir. The construction of the temple was done by Guru Harsai Mal Kapoor and is often known as the Silver Temple. This is mainly due to the beautiful carved silver doors of this temple. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna are worshipped here along with Goddess Durga. This temple houses a number of historical shrines of Sita Mata and The Bara Hanuman. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera, Janmastami, Ram Navami and Diwali. The Temple features include a beautiful dome and pillars and the dome is illuminated with glittering lights during the evenings.
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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.
Where: PathankotThe Mukteshwar Mahadev Dham in Pathankot is one of the must visit places in Punjab as it is valued deeply by the locals for its wish-granting powers. The temple is said to have been established by Pandavas to worship Mata Chintapurni. The temple is just 22km from Pathankot and can easily be reached from the National Highway 20.
Constructed along the lines of the Golden temple, the temple is also called the Silver temple due to its carved silver doors. The temple has slowly gained prominence over the years, with pilgrims visiting the temple form both India and abroad. It is also known as the Durgiana, its name derived from the Hindu Goddess Durga. In close proximity to the Railway station and the Bus stand, the Durgiana Mandir owes its existence to Guru Shai Mal Kapoor, a religious leader who proposed the idea of the temple. It is his statue in a sitting position that stands immortalised outside the main temple entrance, also called the Darshani Deori. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya laid the foundation stone of the temple in the year 1924, on the occasion of Ganga Dashmi.