Thursday, April 22, 2010

Travel Entry: Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is considered the holiest place by the Sikhs. Being a Sikh, we were very glad to get this oppurtunity to visit. There is undescribable sense of peace one experiences the minute you are in the vicinity of the Golden Temple. It sits in the middle of man made sroovar (lake) and is just mesmorizing to watch. There is a lot about the history of the Golden Temple which you can read here. Here are some pictures I took during the day and night time.
The picture below shows the close up of the Golden Temple. The gold on the Golden Temple is Real Gold.. not paint. The bottom part is decorated with beautiful marble inlay work.
The floor around the lake is all marble with gorgeous floral marble inlay patterns. One can spend hours here admoring the art work surrounding the temple.

The first day we were here (on a Thursday) we got to visit the gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and attended the evening prayers. On the subsequent days being a long weekend, the crowd grew exponentially. There was a 3+ hour wait to get in. My advise to anyone who wishes to visit the Golden temple is to go middle of the week and avoid any major holidays. If you don't believe me check out the pictures of the crowd trying to get in. :) We were glad we got to visit the first day. We spent the rest of the days in Amritsar visiting other gurudwaras each of which had amazing stories. I will share some in my next entry.

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