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Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
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.
This is a public Park in Amritsar, Punjab and is a symbol of Independence and tragedies related to it. Once it so happened that a British Lady named Marshella was cornered by an Indian mob and beaten up. She was rescued by a man who was the father of her pupil. Hearing this General Dyer issued an order that every Indian had to cover the distance by crawling and the English officers could shoot and hit any Indian whom they saw. To protest against this, around 15000 men, women and children gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh and were protesting peacefully. After around an hour General Dyer and his army blocked all the exit ways of the park and ordered random shooting resulting which thousands of men and women died. This was one of the most tragic massacres of the Indian History. A memorial to honor those who died in this incident is made over here with a lamp which burns 24 hours. There is lush greenery in this park with a number of flowering plants as well.
Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which means the pool of nectar, is derived from the pool that surrounds the Golden Temple. Though the city is quite congested, it has an air of spirituality and a heart to it. The stunning complex of the Golden Temple, with the Central Sikh Museum, will surround you with a spiritual energy that is hard to shake off. The gurdwara is located at the nucleus of the lake, which glitters like gold after the sun goes down. At every corner you’ll find devotees who have volunteered for either cooking or cleaning the premise. Eat a free meal at the dining hall and make sure you don’t waste any food. The Jallianwala Bagh, from the pages of history, comes to life here. The complex, where around 1500 people were massacred, still has bullet marks all over it. A peek into the well, inside which hundreds jumped to save their lives, is sure to leave you feeling uncomfortable. An hour away from the city is the Wagah Border, where the gates divide Pakistan and India. An evening parade, held before sunset every day, is an experience worth savouring. Amritsar remains incomplete without the lassi with heaps of malai, available almost everywhere. There are endless options to stay in the city but if you want to splurge, consider the Green Acres Haveli and Country Inn Hotels and Resorts.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Amritsar is from October to March