Day 134 (3): Shine like stars in the summer night

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Golden temple at night

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.

Some of the pilgrims I met at the Golden Temple
I had some nice conversations with several pilgrims who seemed eager to practice their English (or simply shake my hand or take my picture in case they didn't speak English). It seemed as if the people were even more relaxed and friendly than they had been during the day.

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.

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Golden temple at night
Golden temple at night
Some of the pilgrims I met at the …
Some of the pilgrims I met at the…
Approaching the Holy mother temp…
Approaching the 'Holy mother' tem…
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Statue of the holy mother inside t…
Statue of the holy mother inside …
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Ladies all kissing the toes of a S…
Ladies all kissing the toes of a …
Golden temple at night
Golden temple at night
Close up of the Golden Temple
Close up of the Golden Temple
All that glitters is gold...
All that glitters is gold...
Golden temple at night
Golden temple at night
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A the Golden Temple (yes, it was …
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