AMRITSAR (The Pool of the Nectar of Immortality!) is home to Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple) and is considered the holiest shrine by Sikhs; it’s also one of the oldest Gurudwaras in the world.
This was a trip that we had been planning as a family for years but it never fell into place until last week and what a trip it turned out to be!!! On a very personal note for me, Sikhism and what it is to be part Sikh fell into place in a very strong and profound way. For years people described the feeling of peace that overcomes you when you enter the Golden Temple, but you have to be there to experience this feeling.
The golden Temple is open to all, there are no gates, no doors that get locked it welcomes all from the north , south east and west and signifies acceptance and openness irrespective of religion, colour, creed or sex and serves food to all those who wish 24 hours a day 365 days of the year! (More about the Temple next week, I could write pages and pages about it, but I won’t for now)
Harmandir Sahib aside, Amritsar is a city with some of the best food EVER a lot of shining happy people and Great Spirit. Photo Credits : Maxie Cooper
Ist View ….
Inside the compound: day 1, there is no sense of urgency, pushing, shoving jostling for space. Everyone is relaxed and calm and the entire periphery of the building provides shade and floor covering to sit and reflect and pray or even just take a nap.