Being a Sikh, not visiting Amritsar is something that practically not possible. I remember the age of 10 when I visited the Holy land.
The Land of God!
The Land of Peace!
Located in the north-western part in India it is place that is spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion. The place is historically also known as Ramdaspur and colloquially as Ambarsar, that houses the Sikh temporal and political authority, Akal Takht. It is an important Sikh shrine where more than 100,000 visitors are seen on week days alone.
Well, it was not the first time I went there! And it’s not me about whom I wish to discuss here!
It’s the "Golden Temple", the Harmandir Sahib
Most of you might have heard about this place, but have you visited? My personal suggestion, do visit this place ones in your life time.
The huge Gurudwara (the word itself means guru- the teacher who teaches you about god and dwar- the way that takes you to God), has four doors to simply welcome all people without any religion or regional discrimination.
And as you enter the four doors, you will see a very beautiful and marvelous ‘Akal Takhat’ where the ‘Adi Granth’, the holy scripture of Sikhism was installed years back. The Gurudwara has a huge history behind it, or I must say the whole religion has a huge history behind it that expresses the strength and existence of this religion.
Covered with gold, surrounded by water, it is a place unparalleled in the world. The unique Golden Wonder that blooms night and day for all men on the Earth.
People offer prayer from 2.00 am till 11.00 pm every day and the gem of the place ‘SEVA’. People of all caste, creed and religion, without any pride and supremacy serve each other with full devotion.
And all above the ‘Sarovar’, the large lake or holy tank that consists of ‘Amrit’ the holy water that has spiritual significance.
The more I see, the more I wish to see this place!
There are many other places in Amritsar to visit, like Gobindgarh Fort, Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Garden, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Ram Bagh Garden and Ram Tirath Temple among many.
Actually I would say the whole city is unique, ready to give memories that last forever.