On the fifth day, my inclination grew towards the spiritual side of the state. When we talk about Punjab, the first thing that comes to our mind is the Golden temple in Amritsar. The temple has enticing features, which are truly calling. Before I planned my trip to Punjab, I had decided to visit the Golden temple once for sure. As the morning had already arrived, I was very much excited. I went to visit the Golden temple early in the morning.
The Golden temple is also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib and due its significance in the Sikh culture, every Punjabi or a Sikh plans a visit to the glorious Gurudwara. The speechless beauty of the temple has left many visitors spellbound. Many people from all over the world visit the Golden temple to seek the blessings from the God.
The major feature of the temple, which attracts in the first sight itself, is its location. It is situated amidst a pool which is said to be containing magical water that heals pains and cures several diseases. There are a total of four entrances to the temple, which have different names of reference. There is the Guru’s bridge, which is the connecting bridge to the temple. The entire temple is a two-storey marble structure coated with gold in all the sides. Mostly the upper floor of the temple is gold plated and the lower half of the temple is built with marbles and adorned with panoramic motifs. The architecture of the temple resembles to Hindu and Muslim forms.
The evening time in the temple is much peaceful and heart touching. You would listen to several hymns and prayers and the holiest book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib is read here with voices aloud. I was lucky enough to enjoy the ‘Langar’ in the Golden temple which is the meal prepared every day by the temple authorities, devotees and worshippers. The meal is free of cost and is availed by a large number of people throughout the city of Amritsar. The principles of equalitarianism and unity are taught here, which is said to change the lives of the people from every sphere.