The visitors to the temple are not allowed to carry umbrelas and walkingsticks. They are not to wear the shoes and socks.These items can be kept at the cloakroom, in front of the temple, free of charges. Before entering the temple they have to keep their heads covered.
Around the Golden Temple in the pool can see some colourful Fish.Is there a story behind the fish in the sacred pool of the Harminder Sahib since i heard about some fish with a gold ring on its nose that supposed to bring good luck.
All Sikh people try to make a visit to the temple and take bath in the holy tank of the temple. The devotees believe that a bath in the tank will cleanse the soul.
The pool is about 800 by 800 feet and is known to the faithful as the Pool of Nectar.The holy tank that surrounds Golden Temple was built by the 5th Guru Arjan Dev.
Everyone is welcome to share the Guru ka Langar, no one is turned away. The food is normally served twice a day, every day of the year.Simple, High Quality Food served Free for all people and all meals are vegetarian.
It is here that all people high or low, rich or poor, male or female, all sit in the same pangat (literally "row" or "line") to share and enjoy the food together.
Many people do that. Take Shatabdi- Visit the temple - then come back by evening train.
Visiting the Golden Temple during the day time is not as enjoyable as compared to Morning/Evening. But you can very well enjoy the ambiance, the free food at Langar served by devotees and the shopping around the Golden temple for souvenir.
You will very much complete the tour. Have Lassi, and some paranthas/ kachories.
Go ahead and enjoy.
Of all the places in the world I have been this was the most special and spectacular place I have seen Unlike everywhere else I have traveled, there was no touts, beggars or any other kind of person trying to extract money from me. The Sikhs were warm and welcoming and very proud of this spectacular temple.
The must of Amritsar is Golden Temple. It is like Mecca for the Sikhs.
When you go inside, show respect, cover your head with one of that bandhana you can buy
outside for 10 Rps(march 2008).
It is a place of peace and prayer.
Even if you are not Sikh, you can meditate inside.
Jaliyanwala Bagh, in this place you can have some rest from the busy ans noisy street of Amritsar.
Gurudwara Taran Taranis located at a distance of 25 kilometers south of Amritsar. Just like Dukh Bhanjani Beri in Golden Temple, the Sarovar in this Gurudwara also possess healing powers. As the folklore goes, it is believed that any Leper who can swim across the Tank will be miraculously cured. The Tank is large so Parikrama (walking along the tank or pool with incantation) takes some time.
Gurudwara Taran Taran has a yellow building next to the west entrance that provides free accommodation to the pilgrims. Every half-hour from the main bus stand you can get bus to Tarn Taran.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh got a temple erected in the town of Tarn Taran. Every Amavas (night with no moon) fairs are held at the Temple
The sound from the bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Today this point is only land route to approach Pakistan and central Asia.
A visit to the border is an interesting experience, especially at sun-set, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force (B.S.F.) on the Indian side and The Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well co-ordinated and spectacular display which compares very favorably with the changing of royal guard in London.
Wagah is the border checkpost between India and Pakistan. It is maintained by the Border
Security Force (BSF) and it is their responsibility to man the Indian borders, especially
in peace time. Every evening as the sun sets, the officers on either side ceremoniously
lower the respective flags. This is the Retreat ceremony and visitors are allowed at this
time into the complex to witness the event.
The Durgiana Temple Complex was built in the 16th century and closely resembles the nearby
Golden Temple. This is a very peaceful temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple closes
at 1 in the afternoon so make sure you are there early.
Take time to walk around the pathway, and enjoy the stillness of the surrounding
pool. It is truly a worth visit when in Amritsar
The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar Massacre, was named after the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) in Amritsar, where, on April 13, 1919, British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The firing lasted about 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired, or 33 rounds per soldier. Official (Raj) sources placed the casualties at 379. According to private sources, the number was over 1000, with more than 2000 wounded, and Civil Surgeon Dr. Smith indicated that they were over 1800.
One visit to the Golden temple and I was convinced that this was the most evocativesacred place in India.one experiences a particular serinity with the singing of Sikh Hymsfloating across the lake in which the Golden temple stands ,the steady stream of pilgrims flowing around the marble pavements that surround the lake, the lederly sikh preists with their long white beards singing from the Guru Granth Sahib and the shining white marble of the Akhal takht, th eshrine opposite the Golden temple.One noticeable thing is that pilgrims form an orderly Queue-No pushing, shoving and loud talk that the common feature of most Hindu shrines in india.(Mind You I am a Hindu my self)
If any food gets dropped into the lake at the Golden Temple, then it's local residents (catfish and goldfish) are on hand to gobble it up. These Indian Green Parrots can be found in the lower Himalayas as well as Amritsar and also in Britain since their introduction around London in the 1950's.