The Golden Temple
Sri Harmandir Sahib, also Sri Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Amritsar was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das.
World’s Most Visited Place.
The Golden Temple has been awarded most visited place of the world’ on 24th November, 2017 by ‘World Book of Records’ (WBR), a London-based organisation that catalogues and verifies world records.
World Book of Records (WBR), London UK, has listed Golden Temple India under the distinguished category.
Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar 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 fulfilment 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 Harmandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than of description.
The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India (Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level. The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
World’s largest free kitchen (Langar)
Harmandir Sahib is home to the world’s largest free kitchen. According to the Croatian Times, it can serve free food for up to 100,000 300,000 people every day. At the Langar (Kitchen), food is served to all visitors regardless of faith, religion or background. Vegetarian food is often served to ensure that all people, even those with dietary restrictions, can eat together as equals. The institution of the Sikh langar, or free kitchen, was started by the first Sikh Guru Shri Guru Nanak Dev Jl. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender, or social status, a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th century India where Sikhism began. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness, and oneness of all humankind. Every Sikh Gurudwara (place of worship) has a langar, providing free vegetarian food for all comers.