The Iconic City’s magical makeover – Golden Temple Amritsar
These photographs were clicked on recent visit to my Birth Place “Amritsar“. I visited Golden Temple after a gap of four long years with my friends and It was then when I came across a totally new and re-defined 200 m corridor from the historic Town Hall to Golden Temple. The surprising part was that this whole place was re-designed so well that I was not even able to relate it anywhere near to the old model.
I thought of sharing some photographs of this place..
Before we begin, a brief history of Amritsar…
Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das, Amritsar is home to the spectacular Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine and one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. The same cannot be said for the hyperactive streets surrounding the temple, but they’re a delight to walk through for a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.
Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan. At the center of this walled old town, the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is there which is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. It is at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where pilgrims bathe.
Statue of Bhimrao Ambedkar created on the top of mini-replica of Parliament , whose shape is based on the Ashoka Chakra in our National Flag.
Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is the real eye-catcher at Phowara Chowk in Amritsar. This highest pedestal of white marble has intricate carving of elephants and war scenes and small statues of Sikh generals.
Statue of Sikh men, dancing on local music. A small glimpse of Punjabi Culture…
Statue of Martyrs just outside Jallianwala Bagh, faces of more than 80 famous martyrs are engraved on this huge white stone pillar.
Local shop selling different articles related to Sikhism. You can easily find decorative, antique and designer swords in shops near by Golden Temple.
Local shops selling religious articles…
250+ years old temple of LORD SHIVA (Prachin Shiv Mandir) near by Golden temple which was first built around 2 centuries back…
One of the entry gates to corridor which leads to Golden temple…
This is one of the best place in Amritsar to taste local Kulchas. Believe me, if you will visit one time you will definitely visit again. More than 10 varieties of Kulcha and the lassi which they server is delicious…
So we ordered 3 Different types of kulchas, with butter all over it which is surely going to increase the amount of calories 😛 but it definitely won’t be that much delicious without the butter on it.. and the taste of this chutney is awesome adding extra flavor to Chana and Kulcha.
If you ever visit Amritsar do visit this shop, it is in Ranjit Avenue, moreover, they have their own website. check this out:- http://kulchaland.com/
The Golden Temple… Sri Harmandir Sahib (“The abode of God”)
Not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without any hindrance.
It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs.
The inner and the outer beauty of Sri Harimandir Sahib and the re-build corridor is a matter of experience rather than description and that is what I have tried to do through these photographs.
I would like to end this post with our National Flag…. JAI HIND.
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