The INCREDIBLE Golden Temple!

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The Golden Temple - Amritsar, India

Amritsar, India took me by surprise.  I had NO IDEA how amazing this place would be - especially after almost three weeks in the quiet and relatively clean Himalayas.  After my meditation experience, I was a little concerned about jumping back into the hustle-bustle of India's city-life.  But, Amritsar is heavenly.

Amritsar's is known for the famous "Golden Temple" which is a holy Sikh shrine.  From the second you first lay eyes on it, you become mezmerized.   I visited it multiple times (since it was around the corner from our hotel) at various times of the day.  Each time of day offers a new experience.  I prefer late at night. 

Why?  The Sikh people are the nicest people I have ever met in all my life.

Entrance to the Golden Temple
  As a daily ritual, they visit the temple as a place to spend family time, alone time and even social time!  Being some of the only westerners there, we attracted a lot of attention.  Children, teenagers and adults approached us constantly to engage in conversation.  They just wanted to talk - to know where we were from, what we do and if we know anything we can teach them.  They are genuinely interested in having a conversation - with no rush to be somewhere.  Some of them talked for over 30 minutes before wishing us well and saying goodbye!

The Golden Temple is surrounded by a vast white palace with a huge water-filled courtyard.  The Golden Temple floats in the middle of the water-courtyard.  This is a Sikh temple.  Sikhs welcome EVERYONE.  The palace is open for homeless to sleep and eat for FREE.  Where else in the world to the poorest people live and eat in a beautiful palace for free...?? Only in India. 

The main memory that I take away from Amristar is the kindness and genuine friendliness of the Sikh people.  OH, and many amazing photos.  I only posted a few here.  But, enjoy them....!!!  Talk soon.

jethanad says:
"The Sikh people are the nicest people I have ever met in all my life."

I fully agree
Posted on: Mar 13, 2010
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The Golden Temple - Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple - Amritsar, India
Entrance to the Golden Temple
Entrance to the Golden Temple
The Golden Temple.
The Golden Temple.
Golden Temple
Golden Temple
Golden Temple
Golden Temple
Golden Temple
Golden Temple
A very thin Sikh pilgrim bathing.
A very thin Sikh pilgrim bathing.
The Golden Temple surrounding grou…
The Golden Temple surrounding gro…
Local Sikh men.
Local Sikh men.
from the top of the Golden Temple.
from the top of the Golden Temple.
Path to the Golden Temple
Path to the Golden Temple
Inside the Golden Temple.
Inside the Golden Temple.
Jason meditating inside the Golden…
Jason meditating inside the Golde…
The Golden Temple - Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple - Amritsar, India
Amritsar
photo by: frankcanfly