We visit the spectacular Golden Temple of Amritsar

The Golden Temple, or Golden Temple, is the biggest tourist attraction in the Indian city of Amritsar and even from the Asian country. Moreover, the number of foreign visitors to the also famous Taj Mahal wins. If you want to know the reason why more than 100,000 people visit it daily, do not hesitate to continue reading, you will be surprised.

Briefly know the history of Golden Temple

Golden Temple - Boris Stroujko

The Golden Temple began to be built in 1588, in a place where there was only one lake and one forest and of which Emperor Akbar fell in love on a visit. Therefore, he decided to finance the construction works that we know today and for which the site was completely transformed.

The sacred building was completed in 1604, the year in which it was inaugurated. Since then, Thousands of people flock to this temple, built in marble and covered by gold plates. A beautiful construction that is reflected in the artificial lake next to which it is located and in which hundreds of visitors bathe to purify themselves.

On the other hand, the temple was the scene of one of the most famous events in Amritsar: the Blue Star operation. This is known to the response that the Indian government gave in 1984 to the attempted independence of the Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers, and that resulted in more than 500 dead.

Entrance to the temple - tscreationz

The same year that the Golden Temple was inaugurated, the Adi Granth was installed on its altar, the sacred writing of the Sikhs. Therefore, most Sikhs visit construction at least once in their life. They do it especially during some occasion, be it a birthday or a marriage.

Sikhism is a religion from India that has its origin in the continuing disputes between Muslims and Hindus during the 16th and 17th centuries. Precisely, the raison d'être of this belief is lto spread religious harmony, work for peace and offer spiritual liberation to everyone.

That solidarity is evidenced in the construction itself, since it consists of four ornate doors that symbolize, precisely, the opening of the Sikhs to all visitors who wish to access the interior, where it is easy to find hundreds of faithful who pray or offer all kinds of gifts.

"Not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it and work for it."

-Eleanor Roosevelt-

Golden Temple - Pol Miret

The construction is open every day of the year and at any time of the day, but it is relevant to know its hourly routine, such as that the closing ceremony of the temple takes place at eleven at night, or that at two in the morning it is when the sanctuary is reopened.

Tourists, in addition to accessing the site for free (although donations are welcome), can stay to sleep. And is that There are numerous lodges for pilgrims with beds or showers with hot water. You can also spend the night outdoors, in the surroundings of the lake.

The temple also has a dining room that is permanently full of people. Not only are the most important meals of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) served on it, but anyone can collaborate by serving, preparing food or scrubbing. Of course, you should measure the portions well, because it is not allowed to leave anything on the plate.

Other data of interest

Golden Temple - Sebastian Preußer / Flickr.com

Although anyone can access the temple regardless of their religion, color, age or gender, it is necessary to meet some standards. It is essential to cover your head and shoulders, not wear shoes or socks (they can be stored at different points), dress modestly and not take photos or make videos inside.

On the other hand, There are several ways to get to the Golden Temple. Starting from the capital of India, New Delhi, you can take a plane, the fastest option, it only takes an hour. It can also be reached by train or by bus, whose tickets can be booked in advance through their corresponding web pages.

Video: Visiting The Holy Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Real Marigold Hotel (January 2020).