I read about this place in the history books and about the massacre at near-by Jallianwala Bagh at the hands of Brigadier-General Dyer. The drive up to Amritsar from Delhi was a long and brutal one, but that’s another story. I arrived at the temple with some Sikh friends and I remember having a similar feeling, an over-whelming feeling of seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time - truly breath-taking. I spent two nights in a local hotel and for the rest of my stay I slept (free of charge) on the floors and corridors in this incredible temple, eating for free and photographing the pilgrims. To come to this temple and not sleep within its walls is a great experience missed.
Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar)The Golden Temple is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs.
Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.