The Golden Temple – Serenity Serenades Spirituality

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The Golden Temple – where Serenity serenades spirituality

We had heard so much about the tranquil environs and beauty of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India, that it figured high on our bucket list. Needless to say, when we got an opportunity to visit this hallowed place, we grabbed it with four hands!

We traveled to Amritsar from Katra in Jammu, where we had gone on a visit to one of the famous and sacred temples of the Hindus, Vaishnodevi.

We reached Amritsar late at night settled into our hotel, our hearts aflutter with the excitement of what the morning would bring.

We were not disappointed at all. As we entered the precincts of The Golden Temple through its huge gates an almost surreal spectacle met our eyes. The Golden Temple, true to its name shimmered like a golden orb bathed in the crimson haze of the rising sun, and in front of this celestial structure, serenely flowed the silvery waters of the Sarovar, the sacred pool that surrounds the Golden Temple.

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The sight was awe inspiring and humbling at the same time, we were overcome with emotion at this wonderful sight and how we wished that this moment could be frozen in time.

The Golden Temple is the holiest of temples of the Sikhs, it is to Sikhs; what Mecca is to Muslims and Jerusalem is to Christians. The Sanctum Sanctorum which is known as Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple houses The Guru Granth Sahib, the religious scripture of the Sikhs. The temple is an exquisite poem written in Gold and marble and welcomes all humanity irrespective of religion or faith to sanctify them in its serene environs. The Golden Temple is considered as one of the seven wonders of India.

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We circumnavigated the temple along the border of the Sarovar before entering it, we marveled at the pristine beauty of the clear waters and the clean and calm atmosphere within the precincts of the temple, in spite of the fact that over a million people visited the place on a daily basis.

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We spent a couple of hours soaking in the peace and tranquility of the place and then our baser instinct took over and we were in the grip of gnawing hunger pangs.

We made our way to Guru Ka Langar, a community kitchen where close to a million people were fed every day. The massive task of running this mammoth kitchen is done by volunteers who see it as a community service. The food is simple but simply out of the world. You are lovingly served with Dal (a liquid gravy made of Lentils), Rotis (Bread) and Kheer (Dessert made from milk). We ate heartily relishing each and every morsel of the food and we felt as if we had tasted heaven. The love of the people and the sanctity and tranquility of the place seemed to have infused the simple food with a nectar like quality.

It was soon time to leave and we slowly moved towards the exit, our minds still not satiated and wanting more of this wondrous experience. We turned for one last glimpse of The Golden Temple and the beautiful structure whispered, ‘Come again’.

Watch our video here:

For more information, you may visit this site: http://www.goldentempleamritsar.org/

You might be interested in checking out our another article on Amritsar. Click here to read the article ‘Amazing Amritsar in Pictures’.

 

The Golden Temple – where serenity serenades spirituality

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42 thoughts on “The Golden Temple – Serenity Serenades Spirituality

  1. Ami Reply

    Sounds like a lovely experience. Yet to visit this but the urge is stronger after seeing your pictures.

  2. Shelly Reply

    What a beautiful place! Amazing that they serve even a simple meal to a million people every day.

    • Voyager Reply

      Amritsar is beautiful and the Golden temple makes it so serene. You need to visit to experience it. 🙂

  3. Tami Reply

    I have felt similar feelings when visiting other sacred sites…cathedrals in Europe or LDS temples in the United States…even places in nature where the peace is surreal. The Golden Temple is beautiful in its detail and the devotion of its followers. I can understand why this was a very special experience for you!

  4. Tonya Reply

    It sounds as though you had a very meaningful trip to the temple. The detail of the temple is stunning.

  5. John Reply

    “The temple is an exquisite poem written in Gold and marble and welcomes all humanity irrespective of religion or faith to sanctify them in its serene environs.”

    What a beautiful description! I can tell that you had a very moving experience and were captured by the beauty shown in your photographs. When I finally make it to India, this temple will certainly be on my list.

  6. Muskan Ahuja Reply

    This place is surely in my bucket list now that I have read your blog because you have managed to create visual image in front of my eyes. I could relate to the tranquility and peace that you felt there…I guess all spiritual places do that to you, and I love the introspection bit that follows it.

  7. Laura Reply

    A bit jealous now, because I’ve seen this temple so many times on other blogs, but there is a small chance I will ever see it for myself. My boyfriend is reluctant to visit Asia, so I guess I just have to keep on dreaming.. And keep on showing him these kinds of posts! Haha!

  8. Ambuj Saxena Reply

    Golden temple has a rich history of religion and terror attached to it. Thus, the Golden temple that has been documented in various movies. It is known as the symbol of tranquility as well as a cure for many deeds. Thank you for sharing this post and enlightening all of us.

  9. Cathy Reply

    Sometimes, when we visit a certain place, we wish that time could be frozen for a while, and those moments are one of these. Watching the photos, stunning. Seems really glorious and sacred, haven’t been to any temples like this before. Would love to in the future!

  10. Jerny Reply

    Bucket list! Help us build our itinerary when we get to india! We’ll probably starting in Mumbai xD

  11. Katchutravels Reply

    I have not quite been that side. The only vibe I get is that the place is crowded. Are there times when the place is easier to visit? Times of the day, or the year?

  12. Harini Reply

    The golden temple is one of the most serene and beautiful places ever in india.Dying to visit the place glad you had fun 🙂

  13. Erica Reply

    I didn’t know about this: “The Golden Temple is the holiest of temples of the Sikhs, it is to Sikhs; what Mecca is to Muslims and Jerusalem is to Christians.”

    The place indeed looks serene. And it is good it has a community kitchen that feed a great number of people!

  14. Mihaela Reply

    “The love of the people and the sanctity and tranquility of the place seemed to have infused the simple food with a nectar like quality.” I love this! Your writing style is so beautiful, makes me dream of the place.

  15. Swati Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I am yet to visit this holy place and is on my plan for a Punjab trip. Your pictures are lovely. I have heard so much about the peace in this Gurudwara. There is also a museum inside somewhere, could you visit ?

  16. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits Reply

    I would also love to wish the same thing If I get the chance to traipse my feet in this beautiful temple. I would love to freeze the time and the moment to really feel everything. Truly, the place is awe-inspiring, everything is just so stunning. The intricate design and everything that surrounds the temple are just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  17. Sarah Kim Reply

    The way you describe the Golden Temple is so poetic! I’d love to see this golden orb rising over me. Tranquility and peace are things I could use more in my life so maybe I’ll find it here.

  18. Megan Indoe Reply

    Whoa this place is out of this world! So much gold! You have described and captured it through photos so beautifully! I would love to visit one day!

  19. Jessica C Reply

    It is such a beautiful and humbling place. I’m not sure if I will ever get to India, but I certainly hope so! What an honor to be at such a holy site. I love that they have a poem that is so inclusive…makes we want to visit even more!

  20. Cat Reply

    WOW the temple is shimmering in gold! I can see why this is a popular destination! I would love to see how the interior look. Are you allowed to take photos inside?

  21. Claire Reply

    It does look like a very special place. I haven’t heard of the golden temple before, but if I ever get to visit India this will be on my list!

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