Golden Temple

at night 2The Harmandir Sahib(or Hari Mandir) located in Amritsar is not only of utmost importance for the Sikhs but is also a major tourist destination due to its immeasurable beauty.  Previously and commonly known as the Golden  Temple, it was officially renamed Harmandir Sahib in March 2005.

It is situated in the middle of a large lake or temple tank in what was originally a deep forest. 

The construction of this gurdwara was initially started by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru in 1574, on land donated by the Mughal emperor Akbar. It was completed by Guru Arjan Dev, his successor.

in 1880

 

Unfortunately, the gurdwara occasionally damage during the eighteenth century as it was the place of conflict between the Sikhs and either Mughal or Afghan forces. However, in the earth nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh protected it from outside attack. He also decorated the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold which led to it being named as the “Golden Temple” worldwide. It also made it one of the most spectacular sights of worship.

 

 

 

golden temple at night

 

golden temple
What makes this sacred place especially unique is the fact that’s its construction combines Muslim, Hindu and European design principles.

golden temple 2

 

 

at night

Not only is it a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the world, people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, color, sex and religion are welcomed. Visitors can enter through one of the 4 entrances of the temple.

entrances

ornate entrance

The temple itself is lower than the surrounding area so one must step down in order to reach Harmandir Sahib. It also houses Guru Ka Langar which is a 3 storied communal, open kitchen. It serves approximately 40,000 meals daily to devotees and visitors. On entering the gurdwara complex, one will find many shrines to past Sikh gurus, saints and martyrs. There are also many memorials that commemorate past Sikh Historical events, saints and martyrs. It is also believed that Buddha spent some time here.

details

 

interior
All this and much more truly make the Golden Temple one of the most sacred and stunning places to visit.

 

100 comments to Golden Temple

  • K Krishna rao

    Like to visit atleast once in my lifetime

  • mohindet singh channa

    wonderful pictures of the Golden temple.waheguru bless you and keep it on.

  • Bidyut Chatterjee

    Blissful pictures of the Golden Temple

  • Dr. Surendra

    So nice of this golden temple in the world

  • sandeep bansal

    Excellent………………………………

  • sandeep bansal

    A PERFECT RELIGIOUS PLACE FOR ALL.

  • jignesh

    i have never visited golden temple but wish to experience this temple

  • Tek Chand Badoni

    wahe guruji ki khalsa wahe guruji ki phateh.

    tek

  • Nitpal Singh

    Didhe Sabhe Thaao Nahi Thud Jeheya.
    Golden temple spreads the perfect message that their is NO RELIGION, CASTE, DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POOR-RICH, BLACK-WHITE, MALE-FEMALE ETC. ONE WHO WILL REMEMBER ONE GOD WILL BE LIBERATED AND RESPECTED.
    GOD IS ONE. EQUAL FOR EVERYONE.

  • Sudhirchandra B.Shepal

    Sat Shree Akal to all Sikh brothers & sisters !!!
    Have a nice visit to GOLDEN TEMPLE !!!
    God is always with you no doubt !!!!!!!!

  • B.S.Bedi

    Ikonkar Satgur Prsad.
    Siriu Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

    Beitha Sodhi Patsha Ram Das Satguru kahave, Kal Wich Tal Khataya, Amritsur wich Jot Jagave.

    Dithe Sabhe Thaon Nahi Tudh Jehia, Budho Purkh Bidate Ta Tu Sohia. Wasdi Saghan Apar Anup Ramdas Pur, Hrehan Nanak Khasmal Jaeye Nayiye Ramdas Sur.

  • Raman

    wonder on the earth
    ” shri wahe guru ji ka khalsa shri wahe guru ji ki fathe”

  • dhanaraj

    Thanks. Should visit this place.

  • dr ss nayyar

    a highly charged up sprital exp

  • dr ss nayyar

    it is an once alifetime exp baths the soul with love, compassion and gratitude towarde god almighty

  • dr ss nayyar

    if one can should vist it between 3am -6am, one feels out of world,

  • MADANJIT SINGH

    Makes me proud to be a Sikh.Follow Wahe Guru’s teachings to obtain bliss and brotherhood.

  • rajiv kathuria

    thanks for letting me view this shrine of peace n prosperity!!!

  • brijkumar

    very beautiful -been there-and yes would love to travel there again
    brij-montego bay,jamaica

  • thiyer

    a temple of unique beauty and wonderful architecture

  • a.n.basu

    Wonderful phtos.Thanks for uploading.

  • rabinder panesar

    BREATHTAKING BEAUTY JUST AS ONE WOULD EXPECT.POWER TO THE SIKH RELIGION

  • tejinder

    bful place of god.worth seeing temple of spirtuality.pride of sikhism.

  • Tony Fernancez

    Hope I can see this famous temple some day

    Tony Fernandez

  • Dhanesh Chadha

    This is a spritual wonder on this earth.

  • chetan bablani

    worth visit of every INDIAN,world reliegous humans.

  • Pratap Tejsinghani

    Yes,The Golden Temple is most beautiful and very nicely maintained,
    The Temple authorities are doing great job by maintining this wonderful Sikh Temple Gurudhwara,
    Wahe Guruji Ka Khalsa,wahe guruji Ki Phateh

  • shiben kishan salman

    now doubt you can get your peace of mind here

  • vigneshvar

    Once I visited golden temple and found astonished with its beauty and heritage. chappathi is the ‘prasadha’ given and the calmness and cleanness will attract everybody. If anybody goes there i advice them to see Jalianwalabagh and Waaga border also.

  • Pravin.Vasani.

    We wanted to go there last December.Unfortunately weather did not permit.Never mind it will be for the next visit.

  • T.C.Ramanarao

    A serene place of spirituality and tranquillity for all. A prefect symbol of of our great heritage . Wahe guruji ki khalsa.

  • arun dhongde

    Something very holy.A divine experience.

  • vaibhav

    awesome man thats i think is the most memorable journey of my life i always wanted to see heaven thats really the golden temple is itself. go and see how dreamed things comes true.

  • N.S. Chatrath

    A fact that I may add here is that from the stage of Golden Temple only Gurbani shabads(i.e. the hymns written or uttered by Sikh Gurus and some Bhagats) are recited 24×7 hours and no other announcements or words are spoken from that stage. This pure recitation of Gurbani or ‘Vaheguru’ words send holy sound waves in all the directions which in turn pass through the holy tank water also and thus the water becomes nectar (Amrit). That is also one of the reasons that a bath in this nectar is considered very auspicious by the Sikhs.

  • pawan kr. agarwal

    wow! its gr8.
    Whoever has constructed the Golden Temple’”Hat’s Off”!

  • Nooruddin Karachi

    Exellent place for worship

  • EMitchell

    very beautiful indeed!

  • umeshchandra vaidya

    WAHE GURU , WAHE GURU ,WAHE GURUJI BOLO ;
    SATYA NAM , SATYA NAM ,SATYA NAMJI BOLO ;
    NIT NIT JAPIYE TERO NAMJI BOLO ;
    SATYA NAM , SATYA NAM , SATYANAMJI BOLO ;
    WAHE GURU …. …. ….

  • RAJESH JAIN

    DHARTI KA SWARG MAINE GOD NAHI DEKHA LEKIN VAH JAGAH YAHA SE ACHI NAHI HOGI

  • manoj

    may god give me a chance to see,touch and feel how beautiful is it.

  • ananda

    iam visiting long back its Excellent

  • PRAVEEN

    Waheguru have to see once in life time.
    Blessed are those who does seva daily.

  • BINAVASWANI

    WE BOW DOWN TO THEE

  • P.D.Mehta

    Sadar Naman – Vahe Guruji Ki Khalsa,Vahe Guruji Ki Fatah.We have visited Twice and May Visit Again And Again.It is Wonderful And Blessed Every Body On Visit.Lovely Gives Peace.

  • gurmit

    good pictures of golden temple which makes us more proud to be part of sikhism.

  • swapnil

    i have visited once and really its very holy place and a must visit.

  • Satyapal

    Wonderful Iam getting words to express

  • Puneet

    The sacred temple is a testimony to the brutal attacks and dishonour it has faced from the bastard Mughal and Afghan rulers in its early years. But like somnath temple, the harmandir sahib still stands tall as a symbol of strong faith and sprituality.

  • Ashok Batta

    Its Really Amazing and Blissful to visit this unique place of Worship & Religious Heritage!!
    WAHE GURU , WAHE GURU ,WAHE GURUJI BOLO ;
    SATYA NAM , SATYA NAM ,SATYA NAMJI BOLO ;
    wahe guruji ki khalsa wahe guruji ki phateh…..God Bless India & All of us.

  • satish

    i have visited Golden Temple and when you enter there we really feel mentally peace, managemnet is superb very very very very clean, really nice temple. must visit

  • anilkumar.avss

    speechlesssssssss

  • A.K.Mitra

    One of most holy places for worship in the world.I visited the temple three times.God willing, I will visit again and again and offer prayer for peace and harmony

  • A.K.Mitra

    Thanks.I am very happy that my impression about the temple has been published
    A.K.Mitra
    Kolkata

  • Vikas Puri Lucky

    Beautiful Golden Temple Sat Naam Shri Vahe Guru Vahe Guru G Da Khalsa Vaahe Guru G thi Fateh Sat Shri Akal……………..

  • SUBRAMANYARAJU

    ONE SHOULD VISIT GOLDEN TEMPLE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE & ENJOY.
    PLEASE PUT SOME PHOTOS OF INSIDE THE TEMPLE IF ALLOWED.
    MAY GOD BLESS ALL

  • ANAND CHADHA

    Bole so nihal sat shri akal. Most beautiful temple of modern era.

  • Nemkumar Dhabu

    After seeing this, i am eager to visit temples at least once in my life…

  • Devendra kumar Mishra

    With best angle, realy beautiful photos. Please tell me by wich camera You have taken the Photos , thanks Devendra Varanasi.

  • ghanshyam.kewlani

    After seeing this, i am eager to visit temples at least once in my life…
    wonder on the earth
    ” shri wahe guru ji ka khalsa shri wahe guru ji ki fathe”

  • bkbhasin

    I WISH THAT WE COULD SEE SUCH WONDERFUL TEMPLE

  • Rajvinder S Raji

    Dithe Sabhe Thaon Nahi Tudh Jehia.

  • Paulo Rattes

    Que luxo!!!

    Aranha-MG
    Brasil

  • shafique

    beautiful worship place which is not only impressive but extremly graceful too. will try to visit at least once.

  • shobha kalebag

    very very holy place of punjab give us satisfaction and prosperity to all.

  • shobha kalebag

    “very very holy place of punjab give us satisfaction and prosperity to all”.

  • sudesh sethi

    HARMINDER SAHIB IS A HEAVEN ON THE EARTH

  • MK FOO

    A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT. WAS THERE IN 1973

  • Natarajan

    It is very beautiful to see and I like to visit there.

  • ramin

    hi my name is ramin hapy miss you.

  • tejinder brar

    spirtual n peaceful place sri harimandar saheb nu pranam !!

  • prajakumar

    Even though I am Hindu ,God has given an opportunity to worship this temple during 1980. Beautiful temple for worship. God’s blessings to all.

  • charanjit mann

    Did Buddha actually spent time here or the writer is confusing Baba BuDDha(as in old man) with Bhagwaan Buddha ???

  • othman rababah

    may ALLAH THE GREAT guide all if us to right path,n to worship only HIM,not any other things,peoples or animals,because HE create them all.

  • sadanand

    It is most remarkable in this world.

  • Syed Ajaz Husain

    I visited Harmandir Sahib some 30 odd years ago. I found peace and tranquility there. It was a wonderful experience. I don’t think I could forget.

  • Gagan Sharma

    Bole so nihal sat shri akal.beautiful photos. I will visit again and again and offer prayer for peace and harmony

  • dhruva vaidya.

    feast to eyes.will love to forward it to my dearones.

  • Aju Mukhopadhyay

    It’s a great place for the Sikhs and great Indian temple inviting all. I visited and took some delicious halwa with my family members. Its construction began during the time of and after Emperor Akbar. How could it be visited by Lord Buddha who existed before Christ? Is it a symbolic dream or someone’s vision?

  • nizamhm1944

    Temples become gold and minds of the people corroding!

  • ANSHUMAN GHOSH

    WAAHEGURU SAB PAR APNA AASHIRWAD BANAYE RAKHE

  • N.S. Chatrath

    The foundation stone of this place was laid down by a muslim sufi saint on the request of Guru Ram Das ji, the fourth Guru of Sikhs. The four gates for entry have been constructed to denote that anyone from any direction and any varun can come in this temple. Only requirements are that one should cover the head, should be bare-footed and should not carry any tambacoo item. No dress code, no religion, creed, sex, social status are asked. No one checks whether you give any offerings. Free accommodation to tourists is provided along with free food and modern facilities. Nominal charges are charged for AC rooms.

  • Venkatesh

    Beautiful place. Everyone is treated equal and there is no disparity, rich poor, upper/lower caste. Only the temple discipline must be maintained.

  • hardip bhatti

    This is one of the best place in the world not only for the sikhs but for the whole mankind.You will find peace and love for mankind.

  • Madhubhai D.Contractor

    It is just Superb. I am a small creature to comment on. All Indian be proud of having such holy place in our country.
    I am from Vapi – Gujarat State.

  • Madhubhai D.Contractor

    Superb Monument !
    I am proud of such monument in our country.

    Madhu Contractor

  • Jaspreet Singh

    Kudrt ke sab bande……i am proud to be a SKIH

  • Natarajan from Panruti of Tamil nadu

    I had visited this Finest Temple of the world in the year of 1999. It is indeed a phenomenon, amazing & wonderful temple making human being a peace of mind, mercy,affection, discipline & dignity. This temple reveals indispensable India’s proud to world.

  • Natarajan from Panruti of Tamil nadu

    I had visited this Finest Temple of the world in the year of 1999. It is indeed a phenomenon, amazing & wonderful temple making human being a peace of mind, mercy,affection, discipline & dignity. This temple reveals indispensable India’s proud to world.

  • S.Natarajan

    I had visited Golden Temple in the year of 1999. The temple is indeed a phenomenon, amazing & wonderful one and making human being peace of mind, mercy, affection , discipline & dignity. It reveals India’s proud to world forever.

  • sharen

    I wonder why this magnificent temple has not been been named as one of the wonders of the world????

  • G. Madhusudhan Reddy

    It iS WONDERFULL Photos,

  • AJAY CHOWHAN

    It is a wonderful gift for indian religious for all in BHARAT-DAAS and this united us and give a massage to be one ********

  • Nikunj

    wonderful pictures of the Golden temple.waheguru bless you and keep it on.

  • Sankar Mukherjee

    Blissful pictures of a wonderful temple for having divine peace.

  • uday

    was there in at the golden temple on 21 and 22 of aug 2011 with my wife.
    No words to describe the emotions in the golden temple and also the langar.
    but was saddened to see the notices in the golden temple complex warning us of the presence of pickpocketeers and other anti social elements

  • Narsima

    Where are those two huge minarets seen in the old picture?, as they are not to be seen in the new pictures…!!!

  • ELANKOVAN NARAYANASWAMY

    Very Very Thanks to bring me to view Our Nations/Our Universe One of the richest heritage Centre. Thanks a lot once again.

  • Paulo Rattes - Brasil

    Maravilhoso!!!!

  • Prabhakara

    What a beautiful concept that no body is higher or lower but equal. Sikhism and Veerashaivism founded by Basaveshwar in the 12th century in Karnaatka have much in common.

  • prince kumar

    the very beutiful place

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