Harmandir Sahib: The Golden Temple

Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Darbar Sahib
Darbar Sahib

Darbar Sahib, Golden Temple is the holiest shrine in Sikhism. It was officially renamed Harmandir Sahib (meaning Divine Temple) in March 2005. The temple (or gurdwara) is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the world, as well as an increasingly popular tourist attraction for its immense beauty and inspiring harmony.

A Golden Morning
A Golden Morning

Harmandir Sahib, the main temple, built in the midst of a lake, is a two-story marble structure with an imposing dome of pure gold. Construction of the Golden Temple began in 1574 on land donated by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It was initiated by the fourth guru, Guru Ram Das and completed by his son, Guru Arjan Dev. The temple had to be substantially rebuilt after it was sacked in the 1760s, and in the early 19th century 100 kilograms of gold were applied to the inverted lotus-shaped dome and decorative marble was added. All the gold and marble work took place under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The legendary warrior king was a major donor of wealth and materials for the shrine and is remembered with much affection by the Sikh community and Punjabi people.

Main Entrance
Main Entrance

The main entrance, Darshani deori, sports a distinctly Victorian clock tower. The giant pool of water surrounding the Golden Temple is known as Amrit Sarovar. There are sections set aside for pilgrims to bathe. Harmandir Sahib houses the sacred Adi Granth scripture (Guru Granth Sahib), which is recited aloud during the day. It is brought back to the Akal Takht at night, which is the seat of the highest council of Sikhs. This is a unique ceremony that takes place everyday, but nothing is compared to the “Guru Ka Langar” (community kitchen) that are held inside the premise. Not only poor and needy but the richest of rich who enjoy the most heavenly cuisines, sit with their legs folded on the ground for this divine food of God. You must cover your head and remove you shoes before entering the temple.

Akal Takhat Sahib
Akal Takhat Sahib

All Sikhs are expected at some point in their lives to volunteer for a week at the temple and everyone see working here is fulfilling that responsibility.

Nanak Naam Chardhi Kala, Tere Bhane Sarbatt Da Bhala

The Golden Evening
The Golden Evening

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

33 thoughts on “Harmandir Sahib: The Golden Temple

  1. Fantastic photographs. I was not aware that they allow photography inside the Darbar Sahib. Perhaps you would like to see photographs of some south Indian temples on my blog.

  2. yaar tere warge munde je panth de ene wade itehas nu ene sohne dhang nal sanjo ke sarab lokai nu panth nal jorde han ate panth de vilakhanta nu pesh karde han tan mainu maan hai tere ute mundea sada chardian kalan wich rahe

  3. better way to represent golden temple……

    golden thinking
    golden encouragement
    golden target

  4. satnam shri waheguru ji,dhan dhan sahib shri guru ramdas sahib ji,ne samuh kom nu ek bohot wada tofa dita hai,shri harmandir sahib ji de rup witch,jis nu wekh ke har ek dharam de manukh de man nu sukun mil janda hai,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  5. verry verry nice peacefull devine place on earth,God may keep it peacefull untill world stays.thanks to the Ten masters.

  6. Very Good I am very pleased from you
    Golden Temple is Heaven for us
    I am from Amritsar. I goes to Sri Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple) after a week
    It gives me spiritual peace
    Tell me something about you

  7. Nice pics….. “Wahe Guruji da Khalsa Wahe Guruji Di Fateh” “Satnaam Waheguru”

  8. Goldan Temple is the real home of ten Gurus,i proud of that i m of that country in which ten Gurus borne,“Dithay sabhay thav, nai tudh jehaya“,Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji“,Tuhanu kot – kot namskaar hai apne daas wallo g.

  9. sardari bakshi sanu sade kalgiyan wale ne
    aapne lai kahna kina saukha a v asin sardar an
    te aapan kehrde paseyon sardar aan
    dhariyan katva k iklle kess rakhan nal ni koi sardar ban janda
    j sardar akhvaouna hoi chahune on aapne aap nu
    tan saj dekhaoo ohna vajan waleyan vang
    fer dekho aapan iklle sardar ni balki “SING SARDAR” akhvavan ge
    jooooooo……….. boleeeeeeeeeeeeee…… soooooooooooooooo…… nihaaaaaaaaa……llll
    set shiri akal……… waheguru ji di khalsa
    waheguru ji di fatheee………

  10. lucky are the souls who have an opportunity to visit his shine……..may gugruji shower his blessings on all…..Guru Rakha

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