One of the most memorable thing we saw in Northern India was the Golden Temple.
The Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, informally referred to as The Golden Temple, is the holiest shrine in Sikhism. It is located in the city of Amritsar, which was established by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of the Sikhs and is known as “guru di nagri” which means city of the Sikh Guru. (thanks Google!)
The Golden Temple was everything a holy shrine should have — and more.
In Sikhism to enter the Guruduwara, you must remove your shoes and go in barefoot. You must also rinse your feet with holy water and cover your head (both men & women ). I can literally talk about the religion for days so I will tell you the highlights of what we saw during our visit.
The water surrounding the Guruduwara is also considered Holy — so much that people bathe in the waters as a blessing. Men and children line up to rinse off while women have special buildings that were made so that they may have privacy when removing their clothing and bathing. People will drink the water as well.
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The actual center (where their scripture is held) is actually made out of pure gold and marble. It is really a sight to see. The path towards it is full white marble and gets washed with the waters as you cross it. The waters have large fish that peer in as you wait your turn to enter. Inside the interior is gorgeous with lush color inlays depicting flowers, birds and animals.
I wish we could have taken more pictures but being in such a Holy place really limited my braveness to take photos.
Written by: Jennifer Isaza
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