Also known as Sri Harmandir Sahbi or Sri Darbar Sahbi
The magnificent features of the Golden Temple
On each side of the temple there are four entrances. They represent the openness to worshipers of all levels of society regardless of race, religion or sex. Although the temple welcomes all people, it is the most important to Sikhism. Inside the temple the Adi Sri Guru Granth Sahib is kept, which is the holy script of the Sikhs, there are also three holy trees and a holy tank. The temple holds many memorial plaques that honor past Sikh historical events, saints, martyrs. Each plaque includes inscriptions of all of the Sikh soldiers who died fighting in World War one and two. A special place in the temple is the Guru-ka-Langar which is a dinning hall. About 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers. Anyone who wants to come is aloud, it is a communal breaking of the bread. Everyone who is participating sits on the floor and no one gets special treatment because everyone is treated equally.
Things you need to know about the Golden Temple
The Golden Temple is located in the city of Amritsar in one of India's states, Punjab. The temple began being built during December 1588 AD, it was finished during 1601. The Golden Temple is the main pilgrimage site of the Sikh faith. The temple originally did not have any gold on the outside. Once gold was added on the upper floors it got the English name the Golden Temple.
Attacks and Invasions
Ahmad Shah Adabali invaded Amritsar and attacked the Golden Temple multiple times. In 1762 he destroyed the Temple by fillingf the holy tank with gun powder and then blowing it up. In 1764 he attacked the temple with the attention to kill the entire Sikh Nation. Before he arrived everyone in Amritsar fled. 1767 he again attacked Amritsar but did not attack the temple because the Sikhs stayed in control over it.
Did you know?
Did you know... That Sri Harmandir Sahib (aka the Golden Temple) means "The house of God".
Did you know?
Did you know... Sikh faith is a faith that combines Hinduism's bhakti with Islam's monotheism and egalitarianism.
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