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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the religious places to visit in Amritsar?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Amritsar is predominantly populated by Sikhs. There are plenty of Gurdwaras and Sikh shrines spread in and around the city, which give a religious feel to the place. Here we provide you a listing of some of the important religious places in Amritsar. We suggest that not just devotees but also tourists in general must pay a visit.

  • The Golden Temple

    When it comes to being the ultimate pilgrimage centre for followers of Sikhism, Golden Temple is the name that comes first to your mind. This beautiful complex built in gold and amazing marble flooring and surrounded by the Lake Amrit Sarovar, speaks volumes about its rich religious and cultural heritage.
    The temple also contains the
    Akal Takht or the eternal throne for the Sikhs. This seat of authority must definitely be visited.
    The temple complex has a vast library from where you can get texts on
    Sikhism and the Punjabi culture. Do have a look, because the books are enriching and available at a very little or no cost.
    While inside the temple, you must cover your head with a bandanna and walk bare-footed in the complex. When you enter in the temple, you find a small building on the left side- it is here that you should deposit your shoes against a token.
    The temple opens early in the morning at 6 am and remains open to public till as late as 2 am in the morning. The temple is beautifully lit up and looks exotic during the night, and therefore it's worth visiting it both during the day as well as night.

  • Durgiana Temple

    The temple is seen as a partial replica of The Golden Temple, and its name derives from the Goddess Durga. Located near the Lohgarh Gate, its carved silver doors and lovely paintings of Goddess Durga add to its exclusive magnificence.
    Since the temple was built in the 16th century, its architecture does not have an ancient feel to it. Still, the Hindu culture and religious aura dominates this place.
    Do take care of some local rituals while inside the temple- taking off shoes, covering head, dressing up decently.

  • Hanuman Mandir

    Located on the north-western side of Durgiana Temple, the temple is dedicated to the monkey-God, Hanuman. The temple can be reached easily by the local means of transport such as rickshaws or buses.
    It is believed that
    Lord Rama performed the Ashwamedha ceremony at this place. Since then, it is the faith of the devotees that a daily visit to the temple fulfills every wish of the darshan-seeker.
    The temple continually is echoing with chants from The Ramayana and The Hanuman Chalisa (considered by many as the most powerful prayer in the world), and the religious feel is infectious.
    Langoor dance is a popular ritual here, and cannot be missed. The temple is crowded almost throughout the day; so you may have to jostle for space.

We know you already are longing to set foot in this holy city and attain spiritual wisdom at these sacred places. Trust us on this, Amritsar will be an altogether amazing experience for you. A devotee's as well as a tourist's delight, did you say?

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