Amritsar - The City of Sacred Pool !
One of the prime destinations for pilgrimage in India, Amritsar in Punjab is visited by thousands of tourists from across the world. Apart from the world's largest Gurdwara, the Golden Temple, there are a large number of holy shrines of equal religious significance that remain unexplored. Home to the spectacular Golden Temple, the Sikhism's holiest shrine and one of India's most serene and humbling sights, Amritsar is a city in north-western India which is the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district - located in the Majha region of the Indian state of Punjab.
The Golden Temple or Sri Harimandir Sahib is 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. To pen-down the philosophy,
ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the
historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous
task. It is a matter of experience rather than a of
The Golden Temple has a unique Sikh architecture. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. ..
Other Tourist Attractions
Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar
famous for one of the most tragic yet landmark
events in the history of India. This is where the
Amritsar Massacre of 1919 took place.
The British Army soldiers upon receiving orders from General Dyer opened fire on a huge, unarmed gathering of men, women and children on April 13, 1919.
There is a well inside Jallianwala Bagh into which many people including children jumped to save themselves from the firing. The garden also houses a memorial built in honour of the massacre victims. The portion of the wall with bullet marks along with the well is preserved as a memorial.
Akal Taḵẖt means the Throne of the Immortal and is the highest political institution of the Sikhs. "Akal" means "The Timeless One" - another term for God. "Takhat" means "throne" in Persian. The Akal Takhat is an impressive building that sits directly in front of the causeway leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Akal Takhat was founded by Guru Hargobind on June 15, 1606 (now celebrated on 2 July) and was established as the place from which the spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh community could be acted upon.