A Visit To The Golden Temple, Amritsar

The View Of The Golden Temple Complex In Pictures

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the main entrance to the Golden temple complex.the Golden temple comes into view as one walks down the steps to the temple complex area.the Golden temple with the amrit sarovar (nectar pond ).the parikrama or circumambulatory path.Dukh Bhanjini Sahib - The holy place where a crippled man was cured of his ailment by the Guru's Grace.The story of Dukh Bhanjini Sahib as it happened.Thara Sahib - the place from where Guru ji supervised the work of the holy pond and the temple.Read history of the Thara Sahib, here.a better view of Thara Sahib - my son & wife  in the picture.Baba Deep Singh - The Martyr - read in the next slide.Baba Deep Singh's Martydom Storythe main entrance to the Golden temple - starting with the 200 feet long pathway leading to the temple further up.the ceiling of the Golden temple in gold and precious stoneswalking back towards the pathway after obeisance to the Guru in the sanctum sanctorum. Clicking of photos is not allowed in the sanctum sanctorum.the outside view of the community food building.Voluntary service being done in the community kitchen - plates being held for distribution to the devotees for partaking food.partaking food in the community hall
the main entrance to the Golden temple complex.
the main entrance to the Golden temple complex. | Source
the Golden temple comes into view as one walks down the steps to the temple complex area.
the Golden temple comes into view as one walks down the steps to the temple complex area. | Source
the Golden temple with the amrit sarovar (nectar pond ).
the Golden temple with the amrit sarovar (nectar pond ). | Source
the parikrama or circumambulatory path.
the parikrama or circumambulatory path. | Source
Dukh Bhanjini Sahib - The holy place where a crippled man was cured of his ailment by the Guru's Grace.
Dukh Bhanjini Sahib - The holy place where a crippled man was cured of his ailment by the Guru's Grace. | Source
The story of Dukh Bhanjini Sahib as it happened.
The story of Dukh Bhanjini Sahib as it happened. | Source
Thara Sahib - the place from where Guru ji supervised the work of the holy pond and the temple.
Thara Sahib - the place from where Guru ji supervised the work of the holy pond and the temple. | Source
Read history of the Thara Sahib, here.
Read history of the Thara Sahib, here. | Source
a better view of Thara Sahib - my son & wife  in the picture.
a better view of Thara Sahib - my son & wife in the picture. | Source
Baba Deep Singh - The Martyr - read in the next slide.
Baba Deep Singh - The Martyr - read in the next slide. | Source
Baba Deep Singh's Martydom Story
Baba Deep Singh's Martydom Story | Source
the main entrance to the Golden temple - starting with the 200 feet long pathway leading to the temple further up.
the main entrance to the Golden temple - starting with the 200 feet long pathway leading to the temple further up. | Source
the ceiling of the Golden temple in gold and precious stones
the ceiling of the Golden temple in gold and precious stones | Source
walking back towards the pathway after obeisance to the Guru in the sanctum sanctorum. Clicking of photos is not allowed in the sanctum sanctorum.
walking back towards the pathway after obeisance to the Guru in the sanctum sanctorum. Clicking of photos is not allowed in the sanctum sanctorum. | Source
the outside view of the community food building.
the outside view of the community food building. | Source
Voluntary service being done in the community kitchen - plates being held for distribution to the devotees for partaking food.
Voluntary service being done in the community kitchen - plates being held for distribution to the devotees for partaking food. | Source
partaking food in the community hall
partaking food in the community hall | Source

Grabbing A Quick Bite At A Roadside Dhaba (Eatery)

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That's memy wife
That's me
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my wife
my wife | Source

Preface To Our Golden Temple Visit


The Golden Temple, India, is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the country and outside. It also attracts tourists from all over the world. People visit to ask for wishes to be fulfilled while those whose wishes have been fulfilled return to offer their thanks. Occasions like buying a vehicle, starting a business, purchasing a house, sickness, healing, problems in life, resolution of the problems and many other similar reasons are responsible for devotees coming back to either ask for blessings or offer thanks for the blessings. Visitors throng to have a glimpse of this historical temple.

Since sometime I and my family were contemplating visiting the Golden Temple to offer our thanks to the Lord for all that he has bestowed upon us. So, one fine morning, my son, my wife and I, set out for the Golden Temple. Golden Temple is also called Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib which means The House Of The Lord. It is situated in the Amritsar city of North India, about 100 kilometers from where I live.

As there is always a rush of devotees we skipped going on Saturday or a Sunday as on these days, it is very crowded. It was on Monday at 7.15 AM on 9th July 2012 that we set out for the Golden Temple. It's about 2 hours drive from my home. We reached there at about 9 AM then decided to have a quick bite at a roadside dhaba (eatery), before we entered the temple complex. We had left home without having breakfast.

The pictures to the right show my wife and I having a quick light breakfast.


Some Information About Sikhism


Sikhism is the religion the Sikhs follow. The literal meaning of Sikh is a disciple or student. So in essence a Sikh is the disciple of his Guru.

The foundation of Sikhism was laid by Guru Nanak Dev who was the first Guru. He was followed by 9 successive Sikh Gurus who fortified this foundation. The 10th Guru - Guru Gobind Singh compiled the finalised version of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. He then ordained that henceforth Sikhs treat the Guru Granth Sahib as their living Guru in spirit. With this He did away with the practice of having a Guru with a physical body.

Guru Granth Sahib is the spoken word of the Lord through the utterances of the Sikh Gurus. It contains the hymns or religious verses of the Gurus. The compilation of the Guru Granth Sahib was started by the 5th Guru - Guru Arjan Dev. At that time this volume was known as the Adi Granth. Guru Arjun Dev collected the hymns of the earlier 4 Gurus and incorporated it along with his own in the Adi Granth and installed this in the Golden Temple in 1604.

The 6th, 7th and 8th Gurus did not write any religious verses. The hymns or religious verses of the 9th Guru - Guru Teg Bahadur were added to the Adi Granth by his son, Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru. With this the final version of the Adi Granth was compiled and when this was installed it was termed Guru Granth Sahib.

Though Guru Gobind Singh also wrote hymns they were not included in the final version of the Guru Granth Sahib. Instead, one of his faithful followers Bhai Mani Singh collected them and compiled it into a non religious book called the Dasam Granth (Book of the 10th Guru).


About The Golden Temple India


The construction of the sarowar (tank) and the city was begun simultaneously in 1570 AD. These projects were completed by 1577 AD. These were supervised under the care and direction of the 4th Guru - Guru Ramdas.

It was decided by the 5th Guru - Guru Arjan Dev to have a central place of worship for the Sikhs and also to develop the area around it for habitation and with this in mind the construction of the Golden Temple was begun in 1588 AD and completed in 1601 AD, under his supervision. The Adi Granth was installed in the temple in 1604 AD. The water that is filled in the tank is called Amrit (Nectar) and the tank is called sarowar (pond). The Golden Temple stands right in the centre of the tank.

The name of the city Amritsar is derived from Amrit (Nectar) and Sar (sarowar or pond) - the city of the pond of nectar.

The Golden Temple is a square structure built on a slightly bigger square platform. It has 4 doors, one on each side ie the East, West, North and South. The 4 doors are an indication that anyone can come to the house of God from any side. Anyone means, there is no restriction on the basis of caste, creed, color, sex or religion. Access to the main temple is through a pathway which is about 200 feet long.

At the other end of the pathway is the Parikrama (circumambulatory path) which runs all around the centrally located temple.

The gold plating and marble flooring of the temple and the temple complex was done by the ruler of Punjab - Maharaja Ranjit Singh, The interiors of the temple were decorated with frescoes and gemstones. All this was done between 1802-1830 AD.

Though no restrictions on the caste, creed ,sex, color or religion are applied on visitors, there are some restrictions on behaviour that are to be observed when entering and visiting the Golden Temple.. They are :

  • For maintaining the sanctity of the place

Removing of shoes is a must and they are kept at the joda ghar (Shoe house). The feet are then dipped in a small pool of water specially provided for this purpose, at the entrance to the complex.

No consumption of alcohol, meat, drugs or smoking of cigarettes in the temple complex.

  • Dress Code

Wearing of a head covering, as a form of respect, For those who do not have any, head scarves are provided at the entrance.

No wearing of shoes.

  • Behaviour Code

In the Darbar sahib or temple one has to sit on the ground as a mark of respect to the Guru Granth Sahib and the Almighty.

The importance of the Golden Temple lies in the fact that the first Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book, was installed here and that the temple and the city were constructed under the direct guidance and supervision of the Gurus.


Monuments & Structures In The Golden Temple Complex


Some of the monuments and their related history are shown in the video and the picture slides above.

Right opposite and facing the Golden Temple is the Akal Takht - the highest seat of Sikh temporal authority. It is from here that edicts are announced for Sikhs to follow. It also acts as a place from where punishments in the form of penances to be performed, by way of service in the Gurudwara (temple), Joda Ghar(Shoe House) or the Langar (Community Kitchen), for a set period of time, are handed over to those religious leaders who are proved of any religious misconduct.

It must be mentioned here that free community kitchen is an integral part of any Sikh temple and free food is available to all visitors round the clock at the Golden Temple. We call the free community kitchen food as Langar.

After having our fill of the available food, we headed back home, much charged up physically, mentally and spiritually.

If you visit India, make it a point to visit the Golden temple. You will cherish your Golden temple visit

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Rajan-this is a beautiful hub and so interesting. You've really done well showing off your visit here and informing your audience with the video. Congratulations on completing your first hub video.

I love visiting temples and find them spiritually uplifting, interesting, as well as bringing much serenity to myself. I hope to visit India one day and tour some of these beautiful temples, as well as some of the ashrams I have been interested in seeing.

Thank you for sharing your 'Golden Temple' in such a delightful way. Rated up and interesting.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Beautiful and informative hub. The temple is stunning, with a rich history and meaning. Thank you for sharing. Well written and beautifully illustrated. Voted up!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Good post my friend. I like the video and photos; they really add to the meaning of the hub. Nice to see you branching out of the health hubs, although you write those ones so well too!


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

I really enjoyed reading your article, along with the discussion in your article about Sikhism and the Golden Temple. Beautiful! Another thing that I enjoyed was your use of thumbnails for a tour in pictures. Well done! Voted up.


kelleyward 4 years ago

This is a very interesting hub! I'm so glad you added the rules of conduct at the end. I remember visiting Italy and not being prepared for the dress code when entering into the basilicas etc. India looks beautiful. I hope I can make it there someday! Kelley


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Fascinating Rajan! I love that you did a video; it gives the hub a much more personal touch to it. Well done and very interesting.


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Wow beautiful Temple, and the presentation (Narration)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Denise, I'm glad you liked the presentation. India has some magnificent temples spread all over and I hope you get a chance to see them soon.

Thanks for all the appreciation and votes.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi ehealer. I'm glad you liked the video tour of the Golden Temple. Thanks for so many kind words. I'm glad I could share a bit of Sikh culture with my readers. Thanks for stopping by.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Christy. Thanks for reading and appreciating. I'm happy you liked it. The write up is a bit long for a video hub maybe but I think it was necessary to include a bit about Sikhism.

I really appreciate your sparing time to view and read. Thank you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Jenna. I'm happy you like the write up as well as the pictorial tour. I much appreciate your reading and liking the hub. Thank you.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Kelley. Nice to know you like the hub presentation. A code of conduct is important in life and in a religious place it is extremely important to follow it. Glad you like this as well.

I hope you get to see the Golden Temple in the near future.

I'm glad you visited. Much appreciated.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Bill. I'm glad you like the video hub. A personal video gives it a more personal touch. It is always a pleasure to get appreciative comments from you. Thanks for being here my friend.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi myownlife. I'm happy you like the video hub. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is absolutley gorgeous! Is that you speaking in the video? The beauty of this temple is just breathtaking. This looks like a HOTD if I ever saw one. Wonderfully presented!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

How cool to share this! I feel like I'm immersed if your culture - if just for awhile - learning about the ins and outs vicariously through your awesome hub! This looks like a wondrous place. I'd like to visit it someday. In the meantime, I feel like with the pictures, video and description, this is the next best thing to being there. Wow.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Tammy. It is heartening to get such fine compliments. Indeed the temple is worth seeing at least once. And yes that's my first try at doing commentary for a video. I added it when I edited the video. Actually these were about 6 to 7 clips and I had to join all of them and then do the speaking.

Thanks for the visit.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Cyndi. I'm overwhelmed by such fine comments from you and other friends. I now feel it worth the effort in that I could share with you all.

I hope you get a chance to see this wonder.Many thanks for visiting and appreciating.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I would like to visit The Golden Temple, It can make a great vacation as it look amazing. Voted up, thanks.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

dwachira, a visit is definitely worth taking. Thanks for stopping by.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

dwachira, a visit is definitely worth taking. Thanks for stopping by.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Last year my friends visited there and The Golden Temple, the emotions and feelings that they experience cannot be described in words by them. Excellent work rajan jolly. Rated up and shared!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi dinkan, it is an awesome experience to visit the Golden temple personally. The entire atmosphere is overwhelming and can be only experienced by being there.

I appreciate your sparing time to read and leave comments. Thanks for the vote and sharing.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Beautiful temple and it's on my list of things to see in this world. Was that your voice in the video? It was nice to hear it for the first time. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Aurelio.

Glad you liked the presentation. Yes, the voice is mine. Thanks for coming over to view, read and vote on this video hub. Much appreciated.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Beautiful hub rajan. Visiting India is something my husband and I have planned for a while. I have several good friends that live in various places around the country. Thanks for the valuable information, I will be sure to include The Golden Temple in our itinerary. Voted up and beautiful.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Trinity. That is great news. It is a delight to visit it physically. Thanks for stopping by to view and read the hub. Your comments and votes are much appreciated.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Rajan! Words just cannot express how beautiful you presented the Golden Temple in Amritsar. What an elegant place.

Beautiful people, amazing culture, brilliant photos, outstanding hub! I have got to visit India someday.

Thanks for sharing!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Dex. I'm glad you liked the presentation. Visiting the Golden temple is indeed a very calming, soothing and beautiful experience. I hope you get a chance to visit it soon.

Thanks for all the appreciative words and I must say I'm glad to see you again. Thanks very much.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Rajan, this was a fascinating hub! Thank you for sharing all this information. I loved the pictures and the video, it gave the hub a deeper dimension and very enjoyable. VUM.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm glad you liked the video hub TT. It was a wonderful experience making this into a video too as it portrays the information better.

Nice to know you enjoyed. Thanks for the appreciation.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful read, Rajan.

Visiting the golden temple is in my TO-DO list. Dunno when it will happen but I feel just like vaishno devi darshan happens when she wants us to come...I am awaiting a call from there as well :)

I am happy that you and your family had good darshan. voted up as a resourceful hub/ useful and itneresting and sharing it across!


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poojasd7 4 years ago from India

I have always been interested about Sikhism. I have once been to Gurudwara in my hometown- Belgaum. It was a nice and spiritual experience for me.

It's been a long cherished dream of visiting the Golden Temple. Your description and depiction about it has strengthened my dream. Thanks for sharing it. :-)


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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

sirji very detailed information provided about the origin of Sikhism,structure of the golden temple and its historic importance along with code of conduct which one has to follow at the time of visiting the temple. Golden temple is one of the beautiful and very well maintained temple we have in India. "Jo Bole Sau Nihaaal Sasariyaaa Kaal. Waahe Guru Da Khalasa Waahe Guru Di Fateh"


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mahesh. I'm glad you found the hub good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Ruchira - a visit to places such as these is only possible when the call comes and I hope it comes soon for you. Thanks for reading and sharing.

@ Pooja - nice to know you have been to the Gurduwara. The purpose of writing some background about the temple was that non Sikhs could have some basic idea about Sikhism. I hope your wish of visiting the Golden Temple is fulfilled soon.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Such an interesting tour. India has the most religions and deities in the world. I find it such and beautiful and fascinating country. I would like to visit one day.

Anymore more hubs regarding Sikhism would be enlightening as well. Thank you again for sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm glad you liked the tour and wish you get to see the country as well. As of now I have a few hubs on Indian festivals but time permitting more will follow. Maybe an exclusive hub on sikhism a bit later. I'll keep it in mind A.A.

Thank you so much for reading and watching the video. I appreciate the time spared here.


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Global-Chica 4 years ago from New York, NY

Rajan, thanks for this wonderful hub with nice pictures and a great video! Congrats on putting together a video and success in making the reader feel as close as possible to being physically there.

I hope to return to India in five years and you have definitely put the 'Golden Temple' on my list of places to visit. Voted up and interesting.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Global-Chica. It thrills me to know that my effort to put across the visit to the Golden Temple, as almost a personal visit by the reader, has succeeded.

I'm glad you have put it on the list of 'places to see'. You will be enamored to visit it in person.

Many thanks for the read and votes.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Well done Rajan! Thank you for the virtual tour. You sure know how to rock your hubs with details and photos!!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Linda, thanks for liking and lauding my maiden video hub effort. Appreciate your visit.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Brilliant detailing Sir... I have always thought of the temple as a place I will visit some day but with full dedication and time and your writing increases by zest all the more

Great hub


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Rahul. I'm glad you liked. Appreciate your comments.


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

This virtual tour of Golden temple, Amritsar gave me some golden moments! The video, photos and moreover, your write-up is so charming that it put a strong urge in my mind to visit the temple.

Voted up as beautiful and awesome. Sharing across.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

You must really visit the golden Temple Radhika. Nothing can compare to the thrill of visiting it first hand.

Thanks for enjoying the video hub, giving your votes and sharing it ahead.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

This is very useful to all tourist who wants to visit the Golden Temple. You even included the dress code and the behavior code. Showing respect is really very important. Voted up and more.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks very much and I appreciate your insightful comments. Thanks for the votes ignugent.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for allowing us to go with you to the Golden Temple. It must have been quite the experience. The video and the photographs were wonderful, as well as learning about the religion and the significance of the place. I truly enjoy traveling the world, and learning about different cultures. Voted up.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm glad you liked the video trip to the Golden temple. It is always a pleasure to visit this historical temple. I'm glad you enjoyed i,t as well as, the tidbits of Sikh religion. I'm happy I was able to share with you some aspects of my cultural heritage.

Thanks for watching and reading.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Rajan, beautiful hub. The temple is so beautiful and I feel as if I have been there! Very interesting and thank you for the great experience!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Deborah,

I'm glad my efforts in making this video hub have been liked and you have been able to experience the golden temple from my perspective. Maybe one day if you happen to come to India, you could plan a personal visit.

Thank you for so many kind words.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

It is beautiful. Thank you so much for the pictures and information. This has always been on my wish list of places to visit. I almost feel I have now. You certainly were blessed to visit that gorgeous place.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for such fine compliments Brenda. I do hope you get a chance to visit the Golden temple. Thanks for stopping by.


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HKG93 4 years ago from Hong Kong

This is Beautiful. Reminds me of my visit to the golden temple. I missssss Amritsar


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

HKG, I'm glad you've visited the Golden Temple. Thanks for reading the hub.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wondrous way to start my day at the computer...visiting the absolutely wondrous and beautiful Golden Temple through your video, narration and written words and photos. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be inside of the Golden Temple since photos are not allowed. The entrance and pond and buildings all around it are gorgeous. Thanks for telling us a little bit about your religion and place of pilgrimage. Voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting and plan to share.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual visit to the Golden Temple, Peggy. It is indeed exhilarating to be inside the main shrine and I make it a point to visit it as and when opportunity permits. Thanks for such fine comments. I appreciate all the votes and the sharing.


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France

Probably my favourite place in India - utterly beautiful and I love the mesmerising singing that continues 24/7. We stayed in a guesthouse nearby and I'd wake in the early hours and listen to it - there was something comforting about it. It was very cold too (January) but somehow that didn't matter. An incredible place.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Riviera,

Nice to know you've visited this serene historical place. You are right; the sound of the religious hymns being sung in the wee hours of the morning has a salubrious effect on one's soul.

The view of the place when the holy book is brought to the main temple, sometime around 2.30 AM everyday after a night's rest, is ethereal. It is a sight to behold and very difficult to describe.

I do hope you make a point to visit the Golden temple at this hour if you happen to visit it again.

Thanks for reading and glad to see you.


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Rajan,

I would like to visit the Golden Temple and present my wishes. Looks like is this is a must visit place while in India. Voted up and shared.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is beautiful and what a lovely idea, you have went right out here on informing us of such an interesting visit. Voted up!


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

I'm in awe of the shear size of the Golden Temple Complex. It is huge. Thank you for sharing your visit. I enjoyed it a lot.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Danson - It is a truly magnificent place. I do hope you get a chance to visit it. Thanks for reading and sharing.

@ Devika - I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual visit to the golden Temple. Thank you.

@ Marlene - Even today, the size of the golden Temple Complex is awe inspiring. Back then it must have been gigantic. Thanks for visiting.


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Rajan, awesome video presentation, I am also eagerly waiting for my turn to come for Darbar darshan, i am happy you enjoyed your trip, God bless.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Girish. Glad you get a call from the Darbar Sahib soon. Take care.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Rajan,

I have been to Amristar once and went to Golden temple. Apart from the holiest of shrines of our Sikh community, i was amazed by how grand it is and how beautiful it was made. The taals on both side of the way and then the golden temple itself. Also loved the fact, even if you are a king you clean those paths with broom and not because you are forced but because you do kaar sewa. Wonderful. Sharing with followers.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Indian Chef, you are very right. Kaar sewa is done irrespective of status and it is indeed humbling. glad you enjoyed the visit. Thanks for the share too.


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molometer 3 years ago

Hello Rajan, what a spectacular and beautiful place to visit.

The Golden Temple is stunning and the complex is huge.

I had no idea it was so big and the photos and video add so much more detail.

This is getting all the appropriate votes.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Michael,

I'm glad you like the video and pictures. I really value your appreciation and thanks for visiting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Beautiful wife and nice looking son. Enjoyed your hub full of information. The video is great and so are the photos. Voted up and shared.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks moonlake. I'm glad you enjoyed this virtual visit. Thanks for the votes and sharing.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

What a beautiful place! Your article with the explanation of the Sikh religion and this temple was wonderful. Thanks for sharing your experience. Voted up and shared.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

I've visited several temples here in Bangkok. Maybe one day, I'd be able to visit the Golden Temple from India. Thanks for sharing, rajan.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Angelo - glad you liked the virtual tour and the explanation. I appreciate your visit and comments. Thank you.

@ beingwell - I do hope you see in personally. It is a very enriching experience. Thanks.


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Sat Sree Akal! Golden Temple is my dream destination. I pray God to take me to that wonderful place soon. I miss the temple too much and wish to visit there sooner or later. I will surely take note of this hub when moving to the temple. Hope you will provide whatever assistance/guidance required to make a peaceful dharshan there.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Certainly, Sunil. It will be my pleasure. I'm glad you like the information. Thanks.


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

Rajan a very beautiful hub. I have been to The Golden temple once and it was magnificent to say the least. SO much History and then the ponds on both side of the way to Golden temple and then we did see Jalia walan bagh there.. So a very memorable day though I was kid when we went there.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Good to know you've been to the golden temple. It is a very serene place to be in. Thanks for reading.

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