Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka Jaya Hey
Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maratha
Dravida Utkala Banga
Vindhya Himachal Yamuna Ganga
Ucchala Jaladhi Taranga
Tubh Shubha Name Jage
Tubh Shubha Ashisha Mange
Gahe Tubh Jaya Gatha
Jan Gan Mangaldayak Jay Hey
Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Jaye Hey ! Jaye Hey ! Jaye Hey !
Jaye, Jaye, Jaye, Jaye Hey

Translation in English

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India’s destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Ocean.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
Thou dispenser of India’s destiny.
Victory, victory, victory, Victory to thee.

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