The Golden Temple in Amritsar is one of the best temples in India and a popular Sikh pilgrimage site. The temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib. The uppper floors of the gurdwara (Sikh religious centre) which is constructed using 400kg of gold gives the structure the name 'Golden Temple'.
A Brief History of the Temple
The large tank or the Amrit Sarovar is a man-made lake that was constructed under the supervision of the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das ji. It took around four years to complete the construction of the lake. After a decade, in 1588, the fifth guru Arjan Dev ji built the structure of the Golden Temple.
The temple became popular as a sacred pilgrimage site of the Sikh community. A dip in the sacred waters of Amrit Sarovar is believed to give moksha from one's sins.
Architecture of the Structure
The Golden Temple stands in the middle of a large holy tank called as Amrit Sarovar. The structure is built on a high platform and is known for its beautifully done carvings. The temple's dome comprises of several miniature domes that are gold-plated, giving the structure a glowing beauty that's visible from a long distance.
The entrance have been built from all the four sides of the structure. Devotees are welcome to the temple regardless of their caste, creed or sex.
Weather and Conveyance
The summer months (May-June) are very hot and not a good time to visit. The monsoon here is from July to August. After monsoon, the climate is pleasant and convenient for travelling.
Amritsar can be easily accessible from all major destinations in India as the city is well connected by road, rail and air. Amritsar also has an airport (Rajasansi Airport) that is connected to all the metropolitan cities in India and popular destinations around the globe too.
Sightseeing close to Golden Temple
Apart from the Golden Temple, there are several other attractions that makes the trip even more enjoyable. A few attractions near the temple are the Wagah Border, Mandir Mata Lal Devi, Sri Akal Takht and the Durghania Temple.