Swarn Mandir or fondly referred as ‘The Golden Temple’ (‘Sri Harmandir Sahib’) is a pilgrimage site of Sikhism (religion), but is equally revered by Hindus (specially from North India). It’s a gurudwara, a large part of which is made of Gold. And just like Gold, the place is pure and pious. The moment you enter the premises, all malice and vices leave you & there is a new you that’s born inside the Golden Temple.
It’s customary for all gurudwaras to have a pool. The one here is called Amritsarovar. Take some time and sit near the pool. Don’t put your feet inside the holy pool while you are sitting. Cover your head & look around. I went in the evening when the air was gentle & the sky was compassionate. Every step inside the gurudwara relieves you of long, heavy burdens that you have, had shouldered and as you near the sanctum, you feel lighter and newer.
Other than being a holy site, Golden Temple is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of India & probably the most frequented after Taj Mahal.
Also read: A wondrous morning & ‘Waah Taj’!
I still remember a conversation between a bunch of backpackers in Rajaji Cafe of Khajuraho – one of them was encouraging others to go, pay a visit to this beautiful place in India that’s made of gold. It looked ethereal in mornings & evenings. And I knew the next destination for 2017 was Amritsar.
It was the day after Baisakhi, when we reached Golden Temple. Although the temperature was touching 40+ degree celcius, there was not even a hint of discomfort in the evening. I covered my head way before entering the premises. And when I caught the first glance, I got Goosebumps. Here I were – before one of the most holiest sites of the world – the place of God that I could visit and feel.
I don’t remember what I asked from God that day, but I sure did. I was at peace. Every second spent in the gurudwara was something, not because you witness anything magical or miraculous, but because being inside a holy shrine in itself is golden & incomparable.
There’s much written about the dedication of volunteers who work inside and the polite demeanor of management & the never-ending, tasty Kada Prasad & Langar, I might not do justice if I begin describing it. Also, this is not for writing but experiencing.
Amritsar is a weekend away from Delhi NCR & is well connected with rail & flight. If you are nearby, do plan a visit and spend a morning/ evening in Golden Temple for you will discover a new you.