10 Interesting Facts about the Golden Temple
- The Golden Temple is regarded as the most sacred place of worship for the Sikhs. It is located in Amritsar, Punjab.
- The construction of the Golden Temple started in 1588 under the aegis of the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das Ji and was later completed by Guru Arjun Dev Ji.
- The foundation of the Golden Temple was laid down by a Muslim saint Mian Mir.
- It is mostly made out of marble but it is gold plated with real gold, which covers most of the outside portion.
- The Golden Temple is also known as the ‘Darbar Sahib’ or ‘Harmandar Sahib.’
- The water that surrounds the Golden Temple is known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) and the water of the pool is said to have special properties.
- The largest langar of all Gurudwaras is organized everyday at the Golden Temple, where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers.
- All the diners have to sit on the floor, irrespective of caste, status, wealth or creed, symbolizing the central Sikh doctrine of the equality of all people.
- The Golden Temple has four entrances in the North, East, South and West, indicating that people from all four corners of the earth are welcome here and are permitted to enter.
- The stairs entering the temple go down, rather than up like traditional holy places. They are deliberately designed in such a fashion to bring a sense of humbleness and eradicate arrogance in visitors.
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