Day 134 (3): Shine like stars in the summer night
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The tour also included a visit to the Golden Temple. This is a great bonus as the temple is wonderfully lit up at night.
But before we went to the Golden Temple, we visited another temple on the way. I can't remember the name, something like the holy mother temple. It's not in my guidebook, so I can't check.
It was an interesting temple, because it is mainly visited by women, all of whom come to worship a mother Teresa like figure.
By the time we got to the Golden Temple it was well after dark. The Hari Mandar Sahib is wonderfully floodlit, while the pool offers great reflections of the golden glitter.
My travel companions had not visited the temple yet, so they went to stand in line to visit the Hari Mandar Sahib, while I walked around the pond to take some pictures of the stunning building.
Every night there is the ceremonial retirement of the holy book. The Guru Granth Sahib is taken from the stand in the Hari Mandir Sahib, where it resides during the day, and it is literally put to bed in another building in the temple complex, resting on a pillow and covered by a blanket.
Unfortunately we did not have time to stay until this ceremony took place. I'd seen it on a TV program before and did not feel it would be worth missing my ride back to the hotel for, since I had a very early start tomorrow morning.