Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)

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Amritsar, India

Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) Amritsar Reviews

saapna saapna
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Most Beautiful Place in the World Aug 16, 2013
The most beautiful, serene place I've ever been to. You'll want to spend at least 2-3 days in Amritsar, and take in the Temple during the day as well as at night. Absolutely breath-taking, and welcomes people from all walks of life. During the busiest times, it can take an hour or two of waiting to get across the gilded bridge to pay your respects in the inner sanctum of the Temple. But it is well worth the wait! Once you have this experience, don't forget to partake of some of the blessed Prasad from the sevadars. Afterwards, you can also enjoy a free vegetarian meal at the Golden Temple Langar Hall, which is a wonderful experience. Definitely an experience you'll never forget!

Also, don't miss the museum upstairs near the Clocktower entrance. A good place to learn about the Sikh religion, history, important figures in the religion, as well as Amritsari/Punjabi history. Its easy to miss this wonderful feature of the Golden Temple, so I'll attach a map in the photos to make it easier to find.

Shopping in Amritsar is great too...Punjabi suits, juttis (shoes), jewelry, Sikh religious good, instruments, food....not overly costly, and good quality. The food in this city is the best I've tasted anywhere in India, so do try it! And you can find good hotels near the Temple itself, or a bit further off if you'd prefer to stay away from the noise. In that case, there are plenty of taxis/rickshaws or the free bus the goes to the Temple from various points in the city.

Other points of interest in the city are Jallianwallah Bagh, which is just a few meters from the Golden Temple itself. Also, Wagah Border evening ceremony is always a wonderful experience. The bazaars, beautiful Gurudwaras, gorgeous countryside & amazing food will linger in your mind forever.
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swaran swaran
3 reviews
heaven on earth Nov 08, 2013
Amritsar is situated app. 450 kms north to new delhi and known for GOLDEN TEMPLE. golden temple is situated in middle of the old streets and is supreme place for SIKH religion as macca for islam and Vatican city for Christians.

when you enter golden temple compound you can see unbelievable view of temple build with gold in center of Sarovar (Pond). first thing I always feel while stepping inside is PEACE. Kirtan (religious ryhms) is being sung all day with ver good music and this place always full of people as more than 50000 visitors every day.

there is also Langar Hall ( Free Kitchen) for the visitors and also very cheap accommodation is provided to the families visiting golden temple.
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rani_uk rani_uk
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Golden Temple Amritsar Apr 23, 2011
One of my favourite visits to India was when we went to the Sri Harmandir Sahib also known as the Golden Temple. It's one of the most sacred places to visit for Sikhs. I found the Golden Temple breathtaking and a very spiritual place to be.

The Golden Temple is surrounded by a lake called Sarovar which consists of Holy Water (Amrit).The original copy of the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Book) is kept in the Temple and Sikhs around the world go to visit and pray. People crouch down and sip the water as well as bathe in it because it's holy water. There is a private area for women to completely bathe in the holy water. Before entering the Golden temple all visitors are required to take off their shoes, wash feet and cover their heads in respect.

The Golden Temple was stormed by the Indian Army in 1984. The bullet holes can still be seen in the walls of the watch towers. There is also a gallery on the grounds dedicated to Sikh history. It has some gruesome photos of martyrs which made me queasy to say the least. The paintings told stories of bravery on and devotion to the Sikh religion.

The main prayer area has the Guru Granth Sahib there and hymns are usually being sung. I was ushered in and had to hurry because there were so many people wanting to come in behind me. So i bowed my head down, got down on my knees, touched my head to the floor and took a moment to take in the moment before i could feel people behind me trying to pass through for their turn. Walking around upstairs and outside the temple, i observed people reading religious books, meditating and sitting inside the temple as well as outside, along the lake listening to prayers and taking in the peaceful atmosphere.

Everyone is welcome to the Golden Temple and there is an eating area in the canteen (langar) where everyone eats vegetarian food together.

A wonderful experience.
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killosierra85 says:
Hi Rani,
a perfect review for perfect place to visit .did u try halwa at the entrance of main temple,its awesome and visit at wagah border is must.BSF(border security force) does the flag down drill.Pakistani soldiers start from that side and Indian soldiers start from this side,patriotic songs are played at both sides , there is stiff competition of drill among soldiers as well as stiff competition of cheering by crowd for respective soldiers. trust me Blood starts pumping fast due to cheering of mad crowd and amazing drill .
all those fond of eating dont miss Langar as brought out by her:)
Posted on: Apr 24, 2011
Explorer-Trivi says:
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
Good luck with upcoming travels
-Trivi
Posted on: Apr 23, 2011
punjabi5245 punjabi5…
1 reviews
The Golden Temple AKA Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib Jul 12, 2011
The Golden Temple located in the Holy city of Amritsar, Punjab, India is a beautifully built Sikh Gurdwara Temple) and is one that has to see to believe.

The Sikh Gurdwara welcomes all races, creeds, castes, and religious groups. It does not matter if you are a male or a female you are all welcome inside the Temple.

A few "rules" to keep in mind before entering the Temple:

- Your head MUST be covered ex. a scarf, bandanna, cap

- You MUST wash your hands

- At the GT there is a Foot Bath that located just before you enter the Temple to use

- Do not try to take pictures of the Temple's interior - its is for security reasons

Before you enter the Temple make sure that all of the above listed requirements are met.


If you have a wheelchair and are wondering how you will get around the temple don't worry their are plenty of volunteers (seva dars) around to help you, they can carry you to the Temple.

The Temple is covered in gold and is surfacing a bank of water - "Sarovor" . Around the "Sarovor" - water their is a platform built for you to walk on and enjoy the different angles of the Temple. The walk around the area is called a "Parkarma" To do the Parkarma correctly you need to start on your left hand side and walk around that way.

The actual line to enter the Temple may be fairly long - depending on the time of your visit.

Their are beautiful live hymns playing from inside the Temple outside.

As you do your Parkarma you will pass by various monuments or figures that show its history and along signs directing you to the Langar Hall - The Open/ Free Kitchen.

You can also get Deg (A doughy mixture like pudding) to give into service for a donation.

Once you are inside the Temple, be prepared to look at the breath taking view of the historical interior of the Temple. Also you must "mutha take" which means to bow down to the Holy book and offer a donation. (It is a sign of respect and Good Will)

There are stairways that lead to the top of the Temple, which provides a magnificent view of the corridor.

Upon descending the stairways of the Temple you will back outside to the Parkarma area where you can visit other Temples and visit The Tree named Dukh Bhanjani Beri –”The Tree that dispelled sorrow”...This Tree was sought to relieve illness, and to perform miracles. Please be sure to visit this tree that has been around for hundreds of years.

Once you are done visiting the inside of the Temple you can go the the Sikh Museum which is located towards the Temple's exit (it's Free) . At the Sikh Museum you can look at great art, objects, weapons, and learn some history of the Sikh's. It is a great add - on to the visit to The Golden Temple. Also it will lead you to the Gift Shop where you can purchase a variety of items such as chains, Sikh Kandha's , Figurines, Pictures, Key Chains, Books, CD's etc.

Enjoy your visit to The Golden Temple!!!

Whi Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Whi Gurju Ji Ke Fathe!!!
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jamesmatley jamesmat…
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Golden Temple, Amritsar, Border closing ceremony, random events and experiences. Apr 29, 2011
2nd June 2010

Sprained my ankle outside hostel on Veranda step, not badly though as I can walk, albeit with a limp. Looks very bruised now on the bus. Met two girls on the bus in Amritsar. Got of the bus and the pain had tripled I was walking at 1/2 the walking speed. Spent some time resting and some time going round the temple, which was mind blowing.

I walked around the Golden Temple at day and night and absorbed the atmosphere, made an offering, which meant queueing up on the bridge, except I did not as they invited me queue just because of my sprained ankle, you go into the shrine inside the Hari Mandir Sahib which is in the middle of the lake and I give away some money and food to someone.

I am staying in a 3 bed dorm in the Sri Guru Ramdas Niwas (like a hostel for pilgrims next to temple complex) with a Korean called Bumsub who I shared a pizza with in the evening. I went to the Hospital to get a xray done, all OK only 300rs !!!, who needs insurance when its that cheap. Hair raising journey back on the back of a motor bike, someone offered my a lift. Then it was time for bed. Only slept in my boxer with not bed sheet, no AC or windows, but I did sleep very well.

Our accommodation is free (although I donated some cash), the food is also free in a massive communal dining hall, the food was actually really nice. BUT don't drink the water, not sure how clean it is.

3rd of June 2010

Bought crutches and pain killers, bandages, amazed at the generosity of the people here and curiosity. 1 new room mate arrived called Ibsa from Sweden, we went to see border closing ceremony just beyond Atari, it was fascinating, each side had thousands people looking from statiums. Each side played patriotic music loudly and people pranced around with flags.

Later the army arrived in ceremonial uniform and marched about with there knees coming up so high. The gates opened and both sides used the rope from the flags as a prop for the performance where they mirrored each others actions with flamboyant military ponce before lowing the flags and similtaneuosly shaking hands and then closing the gates.

4th of June 2010

I queued up at a place near the hostel to book a preliminary ticket to Jammu first thing in the morning (although you have to queue up again to get it confirmed at the station). Like Delhi Amritsar is a hectic city, but far less so. The Sikhs I have met all seem to be very genuine and friendly, very peace loving and generous.

Two more room mates arrived from America, down south I think, Angela and Daniella, we played cards together, but I'm terrible at it, there was a massive dust storm followed by thunderstorm and the down poor was quite spectacular, the streets turned to rivers and everyone was dancing in the rain.
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daniellelooije danielle…
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The Golden Temple, that's something different Sep 04, 2011
It will not take you long to understand how the Golden Temple got it's nickname. The temple is covered with gold, and looks absolutely breathtaking in it's surroundings, especially when it's dark and the lights make the temple shine.

But before you enter the grounds of the temple there is already some scene to experience. It is very very crowded in front of the temple and especially at the place where you have to leave your shoes. Don't worry however, this place is very safe to leave your shoes, you wil definately get them back!

After this you can wash your feet under some tabs. This is something the sikhs do before the go to the temple. Although no-one checks if you eashed your feet, out of respect I did it anyway. When entering the temple you have to walk through a bath to cleanse your feet again. Don't try to walk around it! There are guards there who will definately see it, even if you think they don´t, and they will send you back with a ´you should be ashamed´-face!

Once entering the ground of the temple you will be amazed. You can not really be prepared for what you will se there, although pictures are mostly already stunning. Do not only view the temple, but walk around and see the displays of copies of the holy book of the Sikhs. It is nice to see how devoted some Sikhs are to their religion.

I have not been inside the temple, so I can not tell you what to see there. At the time I was there there was a celebration of the deathday of one of the Guru's, so the waiting line was just too long! Therefore I would recommend to check in front if there are any Sikhism celebrations before you plan your visit to the temple.

It is really nice to just walk around here though. Even though there are so many people there, there is a sort of serenity you will probably noy find in many places in India. People are worshipping or just adorning the temple. Many people are in the water, washing their sins off in the holy water and others are just hanging out. If you walk around the temple and the holy water you will find some men dressed in the clothing of the Sikh guards. They look absolutely amazing.

Overall the Golden Temple is not just a sight, it is an experience. An experience you should not miss.

Tip: Visit the temple by day AND by night. The temple looks very different, and both are veru ,uch worth it. If you have to choose I would recommend night, as it is just enchanting!
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schwoyxer schwoyxer
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Staying in Golden Temple Sep 21, 2011
We arrived in Amristar on late night. In the train, we met one Sikhs that give us the direction and a useful advice on staying in the temple. So, we hooked on a auto-rickshaw and go all the way to Golden Temple. It was very late, but it is very busy in Golden Temple, we asked the locals where we could stay for free, and they happily give us direction and a few useful tips. They have this dorm for international tourists. It is free but you have to give at least Rs50 per night as part of the donation. When we arrived, it was fully occupied. But there is this Taiwan girl who told us they're moving out in the morning and we could have their bed. So, we put our bags in the dorm and went to their dining hall to have our dinner. I believe that the dining hall opens 24/7. They provide free food! Early morning they have chai. In the noon and night, they have chapati, some rice kinda thing. And you can always ask for more, just simply raise your hand and they'll happily serve you. For the first night, we slept with the locals in a hall. But we was evacuated on 3am due to cleaning purpose. We go on to shower. They have, by far, the most CLEAN bathroom ever. Then, we went for the morning praying, lining up with locals, and send my blessing for them as they're being so nice and wonderful. We finally have the beds for ourselves. It is the last room in the dorm, we have 3 beds for ourselves. Well, it is kinda dirty as I got my skin infection from there. The whole night I couldn't sleep as my skin getting itchy. The next morning we left the room for a bunch of handsome French guys.

For everyone that travels to Amristar, staying in the Golden Temple is a MUST!
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lee_escott lee_esco…
3 reviews
Amritsar, Golden Temple Apr 03, 2011
It was stunning and amazing to see this site of pilgrimage I remember learning about in school. We ate at the communal dining hall where there was all you can eat daal, potato curry, chapatis and Sikh sweet dessert stuff. The food wasn't bad either, considering they feed about 70000 people a day. And it was free. And the kitchen was 24 hours. After dinner we went inside the temple and admired its intricate design and decoration.
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travelbug007 travelbu…
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Golden Temple Jul 23, 2011
Amritsar is very religious place for sikh community .. but every one is like to go there.. Golden temple is very famous there.. its made by gold... Amritsar is not famous for religious only... Amritsar is also related with india freedom movement.. A lots martyr's was happened...
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coconut89 coconut89
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AMAZING. Mar 03, 2011
One of my highlights of traveling was going here. its amazing, the skih people are very welcoming. very interesting. i spent a week there in total. loved it!!
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juanpaulio juanpaul…
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golden Jan 06, 2011
You can stay for 2 weeks at the golden temple for a donation which gives you free food and drink it was amazing.
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Mukhtar3 Mukhtar3
3 reviews
Breath Taking Dec 03, 2010
The Golden Temple is definitly a place to visit when visiting India. It has recently been re-plated gold. It is a breath taking view at night and during the day. It provides a very calm and tranquil atmosphere. It feels liek you are in a completely different world.
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attractive_bond attracti…
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Feb 04, 2008
Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple, (on account of its scenic beauty and golden coating for English speaking world), is named after Hari(God) the temple of God. The Sikhs all over the world, daily wish to pay visit to Sri Amritsar and to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib in their Ardas.

Guru Arjan Sahib, the Fifth Nanak, conceived the idea of creating a central place of worship for the Sikhs and he himself designed the architecture of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Earlier the planning to excavate the holy tank (Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar ) was chalked out by Guru Amardas Sahib, the Third Nanak, but it was executed by Guru Ramdas Sahib under the supervision of Baba Budha ji. The land for the site was acquired by the earlier Guru Sahibs on payment or free of cost from the Zamindars (landlords) of native villages. The plan to establish a town settlement was also made. Therefore, the construction work on the Sarovar(the tank) and the town started simultaneously in 1570. The work on both projects completed in 1577 A.D.

Guru Arjan Sahib got its foundation laid by a muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir ji of Lahore on 1st of Magh, 1645 Bikrmi Samvat(December,1588). The construction work was directly supervised by Guru Arjan Sahib himself and he was assisted by the prominent Sikh personalities like Baba Budha ji, Bhai Gurdas ji, Bhai Sahlo ji and many other devoted Sikhs.

Unlike erecting the structure on the higher level(a tradition in Hindu Temple architecture), Guru Arjan Sahib got it built on the lower level and unlike Hindu Temples having only one gate for the entrance and exit, Guru Sahib got it open from four sides. Thus he created a symbol of new faith, Sikhism. Guru Sahib made it accessible to every person without any distinction of Caste, creed, sex and religion.

The building work completed in 1601 A.D. on Bhadoon Sudi 1st, 1661 Bikrmi Samvat (August/September,1604). Guru Arjan Sahib installed newly created Guru Granth Sahib, in Sri Harmandir Sahib and appointed Baba Budha ji as its first Granthi i.e. the reader of Guru Granth Sahib. After this event it attained the status of ‘Ath Sath Tirath’. Now the Sikh Nation had their own Tirath, a pilgrimage center

Sri Harmandir Sahib, is built on a 67ft. square platform in the centre of the Sarovar(tank). The temple itself is 40.5ft. square. It has a door each on the East, West, North and South. The Darshani Deori (an arch) stands at the shore end of the causeway. The door frame of the arch is about 10ft in height and 8ft 6inches in breath. The door panes are decorated with artistic style. It opens on to the causeway or bridge that leads to the main building of Sri Harmandir Sahib. It is 202 feet in length and 21 feet in width.

The bridge is connected with the 13 feet wide ‘Pardakshna’ (circumambulatory path). It runs round the main shrine and it leads to the ‘Har ki Paure’ (steps of God). On the first floor of ‘Har ki Paure’, there is continuous reading of Guru Granth Sahib.

The main structure of Sri Harmandir Sahib, functionally as well as technically is a three-storied one. The front, which faces the bridge, is decorated with repeated cusped arches and the roof of the first floor is at the height of the 26 feet and 9 inches.

At the top of the first floor 4 feet high parapet rises on all the sides which has also four ‘Mamtees’ on the four corners and exactly on the top of the central hall of the main sanctuary rises the third story. It is a small square room and have three gates. A regular recitation of Guru Granth Sahib is also held there.

On the top of this room stands the low fluted ‘Gumbaz’(dome) having lotus petal motif in relief at the base inverted lotus at the top which supports the ‘Kalash’ having a beautiful ‘Chhatri’ at the end.

Its architecture represents a unique harmony between the Muslims and the Hindus way of construction work and this is considered the best architectural specimens of the world. It is often quoted that this architecture has created an independent Sikh school of architecture in the history of art in India.
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Thanks for taking time to share your travel experience to Golden Temple.
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Posted on: Apr 23, 2011
SabineOR SabineOR
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one of the most amazing sights in the world! May 09, 2008
This is really a top 10 site.

White marmer, water and a temple covered with gold. Add the people in the most colourful sari's and turbans and you've got one of the most beautiful sites in the world.
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