The Golden Temple amritsar!

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After Taj Mahal, undoubtedly Golden Temple Amritsar is among the most popular places to visit in India. Thousands of people flock here daily, from around the world to visit the temple. It is also popularly known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. It is located in the state of Punjab, in North India.  The beautiful marble laid pathways and gates with the peaceful sight of Temple behold your breath. You will be surprised on how clean the premises are in-spite of the huge volume of daily visitors. In this blog you can find all detailed information on the very famous Golden Temple of Amritsar, India. You can find many FAQs answered like best time to visit, some tips , weather etc. 

Golden Temple Amritsar

So why is the Golden Temple so famous? What is so special about it?

Golden Temple is a spiritual and most sacred place of Sikh people known as Gurudwara. Not only Sikh people but people from all cultures and religions around the world visit this Holy place. So why is it so popular? It is famous for the use of “pure gold” for the structure of the temple. The temple is covered in pure 24 karat gold plating. 

Also it famous for “Langar” – world’s largest free community kitchen serving food daily for around 60,000 to 1,00,000 people. These meals are prepared by volunteers and are absolutely free of cost. There are many special documentaries on the Langar kitchen on Discovery Channels, Nat Geo etc. 

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Golden Temple Amritsar
Golden Temple Amritsar

Most common FAQs

  • Who decided to use gold on Golden temple and roughly how old is the temple?

    Maharaja Ranjit Singh, is known for beautification of the temple by gold. The Gurudwara was completed in roughly 1604

  • Is the golden temple in india made out of gold? How much gold is used ?

    Yes, it is plated in Gold. It is said that around roughly 750 kgs of gold is used for the plating.

  • What is the best time of the year to visit ?

    Devotees never look at the month of the year and it is crowded for all months. But the best time to visit would be from November to start of March when it is winter in Amritsar.

  • Is there any entry fee?

    Entry is free to all and no fees are charged

  • Is there any dress code ?

    There is no as such dress code, but wearing appropriate clothing and respecting the culture is expected. It is mandatory to cover your head all the time in the premises.

  • How many gates are there ?

    There are total 4 gates/ entrances and people from any caste , creed or religion are allowed. 

  • What is the best time to visit?

    Any time of day is good to visit. But visiting at night is also recommended to view its glory. Avoid weekends and any Sikh or Hindu festivities.  Morning rituals start at 2am to 2.3o am and at 4 am where tourist crowds are less and more devotees. 

  • What are the timings of the Golden Temple?

    Golden Temple is open 24hrs daily.

  • What are the timings of Langar- Free Food? What is the menu?

    There are no fixed times as it open entire day and so is the Langar. The menus are simple vegetarian food including rotis( bread), dal (lentils), rice pudding known as kheer. Strictly high standards are followed for food preparation. There are many special documentaries on the Langar kitchen on Discovery Channels, Nat Geo etc. 

  • Can I volunteer for the Langar- largest free kitchen community?

    Yes, volunteering for it and serving in many ways is possible. No enrollment forms, go to the sevadars managing the langar and express your interest. 

Some important tips while visiting-

1.Covering your head all the time is mandatory for both men and women. You can carry your own scarf or the Gurudwara provides head covering for those who don’t have it. 

2. Consuming or even carrying tobacco, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or meat is prohibited and you will be checked and stopped if you find carrying them. 

3. Remove your shoes and socks before entering. You can keep it at free lockers where people collect your shoes and give you a token number. You can return your token number and collect your shoes back. 

Golden Temple Amritsar

4.While entering the premises, there is a shallow pool of water through which you will enter and your feet will be clean. 

5. Please be aware of all your belongings and try and avoid to carry wallets in your pockets of your pants. Due to heavy rush you could be a prey of pick pocketers. 

6. Don’t forget to have Karah Prasad , a vegetarian sweet as a blessing by the Guru. 

7. You will find many trees preserved around the man made pool of the Temple and people worshiping them.  The DukhBhanjani Tree known as Ber tree is famous for eradicating your sufferings and sorrows.
The tree is preserved by giving support and is 400 yrs old. There is a story behind it.It is said a leper husband of Bibi Rajani was cured by taking a dip in the pond near the tree. Guru Ram Das Ji decided to develop the reservoir into a proper bathing tank

Golden Temple Amritsar

8.  Anyone can have holy dip in the pool without using shampoo or soaps. Wet clothes room are available to deposit your clothes and washrooms as well. 

9. To enter the main sanctum lines are huge and wait time is around 1.30 to 2 hrs in the huge line.

10. I definitely advise to sit at any corner or on the marble pathways and soak in the serene and peaceful atmosphere.

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