Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib and the Darbar Sahib, is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. Located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, this place is the most significant and peaceful shrines of Sikhism. Guru Arjan – the fifth Guru of Sikhism, requested SaiMian Mir – a Muslim Pir of Lahore to lay its foundation stone in 1589. In 1604, Guru Arjan placed a copy of the AdiGranth in Harmandir Sahib, calling the site AthSathTirath. After that, various additions and improvisations were repeatedly done by the Sikhs and was destroyed several times by the Muslim armies from Afghanistan and the Mughal Empire. Maharaja Ranjit Singh after founding the Sikh Empire, rebuilt it in marble and copper in 1809, overlaid the sanctum with gold foil, hence the name “Golden Temple” came into light.
It is an open house of worship for all men and women, from all walks of life. The temple is a collection of buildings around the sanctum and the pool. One of these is Akal Takht, the chief center of religious authority of Sikhism. The temple complex has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Architectural style: Sikh architecture
Architect: Guru Arjan
Address: Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006
Phone: 0183 255 3957
Opening timings for Golden Temple
All days of the week
4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
How to Reach?
- By Air: There are regular flights from other major cities of the country to Amritsar. Airport(s): Raja Sansi Airport (ATQ)
- By Rail: Amritsar is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains. Railway Station(s): Tangra (TRA), Mananwala (MOW), Amritsar Junction (ASR), Verka Junction (VKA)
- By Road: You can easily get regular buses to Amritsar from other major cities of the country. Bus Station(s): Amritsar
Other Places to Visit:
- JallianwalaBagh, Amritsar: JallianwalaBagh is a public garden in Amritsar in the Punjab state of India, and houses a memorial of national importance, established in 1951 by the Government of India, to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children by British occupying forces, on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919 in the JallianwalaBagh Massacre. The garden site of the massacre is located in the vicinity of Golden Temple complex.
- Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama: Enjoy artistically done gardens and museum with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama. It gives the idea about the Maharaja Ranjit Singh times in 3D. One can extract good information of those times. The entry fees is nominal.
- Wagah Border: Wagah Border is between India and Pakistan. At sunset one can see BSF persons taking down Indian flag in a ceremonial way. We feel patriotic in all the chanting of Indian slogans by tens of thousands of visitors. In all, the place is must visit for a unique experience.
- Durgiana Temple: The Durgiana Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, DurgaTirath and SitlaMandir, is a premier temple situated in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Its architecture is similar to the Golden Temple of Sikh religion. This temple derives its name from the Goddess Durga, the chief Goddess deified and worshipped here. Idols of Goddess Laksmi and Lord Vishnu are also deified here and worshipped.