The Golden Temple of Amritsar is not only a sacred shrine of Sikhs but it is one of the most famous temples of India, where millions of devotees come to pray every day. This temple is itself a sign of excellence.
The devotees from all over the world come here to be contented and get some peace.
Let us tell you about some special and very interesting things related to the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
Who laid the foundation of Temple?
You may be unaware of the fact that the foundation of the Golden Temple, a symbol of faith of Sikhs, was laid by Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir. It is said that the land was donated by the Muslim ruler Akbar for the construction of the Golden Temple Had to
Why is it called Golden Temple?
This temple was given the name of the golden temple due to the gold enclosed on the outer layer of the temple, which Maharaja Ranjit Singh had offered several hundred years after the temple was built. Before this, the temple was known only by the name of Darbar Sahib or Harmandir Sahib.
What are the beliefs associated with the lake (sarovar) of Temple?
The lake in the temple also enhances its uniqueness. It is said that this lake has medicinal properties. All the devotee who comes to visit Darbar Sahib, cannot enter in the main temple without washing their hands and feet in the lake. It is also believed that the path coming out of the lake shows that there is a journey even after death.
Is Golden Temple for Sikhs only?
The doors of the Golden Temple are open to the people of all religions, followers of all religions are allowed to come. The four gates of this temple, made in four directions, point to this fact that people of any religion, caste and place can come to this temple.
Largest langar seva (free food service) happens here for 24*7!
The world’s largest langar service is held here, in which millions of people eat every day. It is said that Mughal emperor Akbar also sat down as an ordinary person and had langar in Golden Temple.
This way, people give their services – the rich or poor and anyone can serve as per their desire and strength. You can serve here in various ways such as collecting shoes, cleaning the dishes, making food etc.
Stairs of the temple
The stairs of the temple go to the bottom from the top rather from the bottom to top which shows that life should always remain humble and stay connected with the land.
This unique inscription of the temple
Inscription in the temple shows that when the temple was destroyed and when it was built or rebuilt.
These are the unique things of the Golden Temple, Amritsar which you probably did not know. Well, if you have gone to the Golden Temple then you will be familiar with its vastness and if you have not gone, we suggest you to must visit this auspicious at least once in your life.