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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What do I need to know about the Golden Temple?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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The Golden Temple is synonymous with Sikhism. It is the most sacred place for Sikhs across the world. A visit to Amritsar cannot be imagined without paying homage to this epitome of Sikh devotion. If you happen to be brewing plans of paying a visit to this historical place, here are a few things you must keep in mind-

  • First of all, you must have a bite of its glorious history.
    This world-famous monument of Sikh devotion and reverence was established by the fifth guru of the Sikhs,
    Guru Ramdas Sahib in the late 16th century, and was later fully built and furnished by the next guru, Guru Arjan Dev Sahib.
  • Surrounded by the lake, Amrit Sarovar, the temple is made up of gold and has white marble used on its corridors. The Adigrantha, the holy book of the Sikhs, is placed on the sanctum of the shrine.
  • Do have a darshan of the famous Jubi tree, which is supposed to be auspicious for its believers (it is said to have special powers to aid its devotees in distress). The temple aptly establishes its secular credentials by offering free food and accommodation to one and all irrespective of their caste, religion or gender.
  • 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. Mobiles can be carried along.
  • The temple opens early in the morning at 6am and remains open to public till as late as 2am 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.
  • 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.


Keep these facts and tips in mind, and the
Golden Temple will be an experience that will be both fulfilling and a memorable one.
And yes, don't forget to buy the abridged
Adigrantha , the Holy Scripture of the Sikhs, as a souvenir to take home.


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