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Harmandir Sahib, Darbar Sahib or the Golden temple in Amritsar


Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib or the Golden Temple in Amritsar in Punjab, India,  is the holiest religious place of the Sikhs.

As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) in 1577 A.D., which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D.

It is built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The four entrances from four directions of Darbar Sahib signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

A part of it was got plated with gold by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

A few photographs taken recently by me are shared below:







Jo Bolay So Nihal,

Sat Sri Akal.

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Text and photographs by K.J.S.Chatrath

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4 Responses to “Harmandir Sahib, Darbar Sahib or the Golden temple in Amritsar”

  1. Madhukar says:

    The problem with Harmandir Sahib is that it inspires so much of devotion that even agnostics, like me, are for moment swayed towards unquestioned belief.
    Maharaja Ranjit Singh was also reputed to have donated an equal weight in gold for the Vishwanath Temple in Banaras.
    The syncretic nature of Sikhism especially in relation with Hinduism was considerably eroded from the political sphere due to Akali politics. Some would have us believe that Sikhism is another religion while some would contend that it is another highly evolved face of what the conglomerate of Hinduism is.
    Be what it may, there are many Hindus whose life revolves around Guru Sahibs and there are many devotees of Shiva who where the 5 ‘ka’ symbols and can be found genuflecting at Banaras. Almost all wrestlers in India, including Muslims, can be seen expressing overt and covert devotion to Hanuman.Such is our country.

    • chat says:

      I continue to be amazed on your deep incisive comments on practically every subject….

      I am from one of the families of Panjab where one of the sons in the family used to be made a sikh- my grandfather and then my father…and here I am a total non-believer in all religions/God…

      Btw, I wonder how was the gold utilized by the Vishwanath Mandir….

      • Madhukar says:

        As we discussed the other day, it is still there. I do suspect though there would have been considerable erosion of the quantum of gold due to natural and human intervention.

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