Golden Temple in Amritsar is a place frequented by Sikhs
all round the year. Countless pilgrims visit Golden Temple
to pay homage to the holy shrine. Golden Temple is also known
as Hari Mandir meaning Temple of God. The Temple has a tank
(Sarovar) that is believed to possess healing powers. Sikh
Gurus founded new centers for the promotion of Sikhism and
these centers became popular as Sikh pilgrimage sites.
Distinguishing Features of Golden Temple
The construction of Golden Temple at a lower level was a
break away from the Hindu tradition of constructing a temple
at a higher level. It was done to make the visitors go down
the steps in order to pay homage to the holy shrine.
Other Hindu Temples have only one entry gate. The Golden
Temple is open from all four sides symbolic of offering entry
Interiors of Golden Temple
As Amritsar faced disturbances a lot of times, Golden Temple
also became the target of loot and plunder thrice by the Afghan
invaders. Maharaja Ranjit Singh donated Rupees Five Lakhs
for placing for rebuilding Golden Temple and placing of gold
plates on the outside walls. Mohammad Yar Khan Mistri was
appointed as a technical expert for the task of gold plating.
The architecture of Golden Temple is really remarkable
achievement of Sikh architecture. The skill of the craftsmen
is evident from the nakkashi (intricate carvings) and frescoes
inside the temple.
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