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Golden Temple History:
The Golden Temple Amritsar is the most visited tourist attraction in the city of Amritsar, Punjab. The Golden Temple Amritsar is one of the major religious tourist sites in north India. Golden Temple History tells that it was built in around 1588 by Guru Arjan Dev on land donated by the Mughal emperor Akbar. He built it to create a central place of worship for the Sikhs. The Golden Temple Amritsar symbolizes the philosophy of the religion. The Golden temple Amritsar is surrounded by a pool. Although Guru Arjan Dev laid its foundation the yet the Golden Temple history says that its construction had been hard work of people for several years.
Golden Temple’s architecture reflects both Hindu and Muslim styles of design. Golden Temple architecture flaunts a large dome of gold. In the early 190th century, 100 kg of gold were applied to the dome and decorative marble was added. This work took place under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Additional feature of Golden Temple’s architecture is 40.5 square feet Golden Temple balanced on 67 square feet platform. The Golden Temple is linked with 13 feet broad “Pardakshna” path. The path wind around the main temple and it reaches the “Har ki Paure”.
Golden Temple Location and Golden Temple Timings:
Golden Temple Location is within the centre of Amritsar. Golden Temple location is such that it can be approached from all sides by any means of transportation. Railway station’s location is 5-6 km and airport’s location is within 11 km. The Golden Temple timings starts early in the morning at 5.00 a.m. and closes at 11.00 pm. Punjab experiences extreme climate therefore the best Golden temple timings for the visit is between the months of October and March.
Golden Temple in India and Other Monuments:
Some of the other monuments near Golden temple in India are listed below.
Akal Takhat: It was built by the Sixth Master Guru Hargobind (1606-44) in 1609. The Akal Takhat was used for congregations and court. Arms and weapons of Guru Hargobind, Guru Gobind Singh and other Sikh heroes are preserved at Akal Takhat
Babaatal: A nine storeyed tower was built between 1778 and 1784 in the memory of Atal Raj, a son of Hargobind. It is the only kind which is 108 ft tall.
Guru Ka Langar: A Sikh temple always have a community kitchen where cooked food is served to people. In Golden Temple cooked food is serviced for 24 hours to all visitors. Approximately 40,000 visitors have the meals daily in the community kitchen.
Sri Guru Ram Das Niwas:
The Niwas is a free hostel for the pilgrims maintained by the Golden Temple’s authorities. It has 228 rooms and 18 big halls.
Many other places worth a visit near Golden Temple in India are: Dukh Bhanjni Ber (Jujube Tree), Thara Sahib, Ber Baba Budha Ji, Gurdwara Ilachi Ber, Ath Sath Tirath, Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga Baba Deep Singh.
Reaching Golden Temple in India:
Amritsar is well connected with domestic and international flights and rail routes. As it has well defined roads, it is easily approachable. Once within the city, one can take an auto rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw or a taxi to go to Golden Temple. Free bus services are also available for people to reach Golden Temple.