AMRITSAR

Amritsar is a city in north western part in India in the state of Punjab. It is important seat of the youngest religion culture Sikhism. Home to the Harminder Sahib, popularly known as Golden temple..  Amritsar literally means a pool of nectar; derive its name from Amrit sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the Golden temple.  The city is home to Golden temple and important to Sikh history and culture.

 

Places to visit in Amritsar

Golden temple- : The fifth Sikh guru Arjan, designed the Harminder sahib to be built in the centre of the holy tank. It is a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally, is the holiest shrine of Sikh religion. The temple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by a pool of water called the Amrit sarovar. The upper story of the temple is gold plated said to be gilded with 10 kg pure gold, crowned with a dome shaped liked an inverted lotus. With the first light of the dawn, the reflexion of the temple in the tank gives an eternal atmosphere to the temple.  The temple has four gates instead of one, this is symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and indicates that follower of all faiths are allowed inside.

Jallianwala bagh – This place is noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. In 1919 the British general Dyer was the Lieutenant governor. He banned all the meetings and demonstration led by Indians against the economical set back by world war I. On 13 April 1919, pilgrims poured into Amritsar to celebrate Baisakhi festival. In the afternoon thousands of people gathered  at this place to celebrate festival. This place surrounded by high walls on all sides has only narrow alley for access. General Dyer personally led the troops to the sight and ordered his men to open fire without any warning.

Wagha Border: The International border between India and Pakistan, famous for the lowering of the flags or the beating retreats ceremony at India and Pakistan border. It is a daily military practice that the security force of India and Pakistan has been doing since 1959.