Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as the “Golden Temple”, is a beautiful holy shrine located in Amritsar, Punjab, India. Furthermore, it is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and as such many Sikhs visit it on a daily basis.  It is a major destination for Sikhs besides being a popular tourist attraction. It’s open to all religions. Visitors, male or female, must cover their heads before entering the temple premises. Moreover, the Guru Granth Sahib is in the Temple during the day, while at night, it is in the Akal Takht or Eternal Throne.

The most famous and attractive aspect of the Golden temple is its glittering golden dome and appearance. Furthermore, the temple is built on marble that is 67-ft square. Moreover, the temple is a two-storey structure.  Maharaja Ranjit Singh is responsible for the building of the upper half of the building with a gold leaf that is approximately 400 kg.

Moreover, there are a number of famous temples surrounding the Golden Temple. Also, the construction of the pool, whose name is Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar, here was by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das.  The brilliant architecture of the temple gives it a unique look. Furthermore, the surrounding Amrit Sarovar pool enhances the beauty of the shrine.

During the night time, the golden reflection of the temple in the pool is really a sight to behold.  To the south of the temple is a beautiful garden where one can easily attain peace of mind. The Central Sikh Museum, which is atop the Clock Tower, adds to the charm of the temple’s surroundings. 

Golden Temple is one of the holiest religious sites of the Sikh community. Furthermore, this beautiful shrine, besides being a symbol of the Sikh religion, is also the pride of India.

This temple continues to amaze people with its spectacular golden colour.

            Author – Palak Bedi