Saturday, September 17, 2011

Harmandir Sahib - The Golden Temple

Golden Temple Amritsar, India (Sri Amritsar Sahib Harimandir) is not only important religious place for Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everyone, regardless of cast, creed or race, can take comfort spiritual and religious fulfillment without any hindrance. It also has a separate identity, honor and heritage of Sikhs. The Golden Temple in Amritsar in India has a unique architecture. Built on a level below the surrounding ground level, the Gurudwara learn the lesson of equality and humility. The four entries in this shrine from all four directions, meaning that people from all walks of life is just welcome.

The architecture is based on two Hindu temples and Muslim artistic styles, but represents a unique co-evolution of both. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), Hari Mandir was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, gilded in gold, and large quantities of precious stones. In the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the Adi Grantha, the holy scriptures of the Sikhs. This passage is a collection of devotional poems, prayers and hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and various Moslem and Hindu saints. Beginning early in the morning and lasted until sunset for a long time called these hymns to the accompaniment of exquisite flutes, drums and stringed instruments. Echoing the tranquil lake, this beautiful enchanting music induces a state of trance delicately powerful pilgrims walking quietly in the lobby with marble surrounds the pool and temple. An underground spring feeds the sacred lake, and all day and night the pilgrims immerse themselves in water, a symbol of purification of the soul rather than an actual bathing of the body. In addition to the temple complex are enormous pilgrims' dormitories and dining halls where all persons regardless of race, religion or sex, stay and eat free.

One of the incident associated with Golden Temple is a operation Blue Star which hurts the feelings of the sikh community.Operation Blue Star was commmenced June 3, 1984 and ended June 6, 1984. Indian Army led by General Kuldip Singh led the troops to stop the Harmandir Sahib Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale to. Harmandir Sahib complex and the surrounding houses were fortified. Statesman reported on July 4, the light machine guns and rifles sophisticated load have been reported introduced into the compound.

Indira Gandhi ordered the army to launch Operation Blue Star. Heavy fighting was between supporters and soldiers Bhindranwale, in which many followers of Bhindranwale were killed with many soldiers. The Harmandir Sahib complex also suffered much damage due to fighting, especially the holy Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. Many Sikhs considered the attack as a desecration of their holiest shrine and the sale has had a profound and dramatic.

You can reach Golden Temple by railway (Regular trains operate between Amritsar and national capital Delhi), by road (Buses are available to Amritsar from Delhi and other destinations of Punjab) and by air (Flights operate to the Rajasansi airport at Amritsar from many national destinations).

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