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The Golden Temple is an epitome of peace, blessings, and the power of religion. People from all around the world come to Punjab to visit this holy place, calm their souls and take as much positivity as possible. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib which means the abode of God. It is a holy Gurudwara which is the biggest pilgrimage site for Sikhs in the country. 

History of Golden Temple 

There are many folk stories related to the construction of Golden Temple and the most popular one among them is that the land for this Gurudwara was granted by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1574. The gurudwara was built by Guru Ram Das in 1577 around a man-made pool. The Gurudwara was modified and maintained over the years under different rulers. In the 19th century under the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the dome of the Golden temple was laid with 100kgs of gold and marble. The Hindu and Islamic architecture of the temple is another major highlight of the temple. 

The temple came to limelight in 1984 during operation Blue Star. The gurudwara was attacked by the government in search of Sikh Militants. During the operation, the temple was damaged and the Sikh community refused government aid for repair and maintenance and undertook the repair work on its own. Even after this unfortunate incident the popularity of this holy place never dipped and it only rose in prominence and stature. 

Major Attractions in and Around the Golden Temple

Guru Ke Mahal

This place carries a very significant spiritual charm. Housing the Granth Sahib, this place was founded by Guru Ram Das in the year 1573. Earlier, it was just a little cottage that became a shelter of the great gurus of the Sikhs.

Also Read: According to Shiva Purana, it is one of the temples where Lord Shiva himself had established a Shivalingam

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

A summer palace turned into the museum, this place carries a subtle yet quite powerful vibration. Every year a great number of tourists visit the place to witness the royal heritage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. 

Akal Takht

Akal Takht is one of the five takhts at Harminder Sahid Gurudwara which offers a tremendous spiritual vibe to the people visiting. It was founded by Guru Hargobind in the year 1606. It is located in front of the very causeway which leads to the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Things to do in Golden Temple

Visit the Gobindgarh Fort

The Gobindgarh Fort represents the glorious past of Punjab, its people, it’s culture and so many other great things. And thus, it becomes all the more interesting to visit this place, especially with your family and friends. This 18th century built fort is known to be the place where the famous Kohinoor diamond stayed for a significant period under the custody of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.  

Decode the Divinity at the Mata Lal Devi Temple

This place is also known as the “Sheesh Mahal of Amritsar”. The temple is dedicated to a 20th-century female saint named Lal Devi. The temple is believed to have miraculous powers by the locals. People from the surrounding villages arrive here to pray for the well being of their loved ones. 

Adventure Awaits you at the Sun City Water Park 

Sun City Water Park is one of the best places to visit with your loved ones. The park has several fun water rides, swimming pools, roller coaster rides and games for adults and kids. Locals and tourists arrive here to enjoy the rides and savour the delicious local and fast food at food court.     

Best Time to Visit Golden Temple

The months from November to March are the best times to visit the Amritsar, Punjab as the weather is quite pleasant and amazingly charming to explore various sights. Visiting in summer is not a great idea because the temperature can rise up to 45-degree Celcius in the state. 

How to reach Golden Temple

By Air. Traveling by air to Punjab is quite convenient due to the availability of several airports around the temple. Raja Sansi international airport in Amritsar which is roughly 15km away from the temple is the nearest. From the airport, you will have to take a taxi or a bus to reach your desired destination.

By Road. Traveling to Punjab via road can be one of the best experiences, as you may get to witness the farms along th national highways and also savour the authentic local food at the roadside dhaba. If you are planning to travel by road then you may either travel in an inter-state tourist bus or may drive to the temple in your personal vehicle. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru you have to cover approx. 450, 1,700, 1,900, and 2,600km respectively to reach the temple. 

By Train. Punjab is well connected via train routes. There are around 90 railway stations in different districts of Punjab which make it more convenient for the travelers arriving from other cities to reach the state. Amritsar Junction railway station is the nearest to reach the temple. From the railway station, one can take a taxi or a bus to travel to the city.      

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