Amritsar and the Golden Temple
October 13, 2011 • Photography & Travel
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, located in the state of Punjab, India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. The temple was founded in 1577 by guru Ram Das (the fourth guru). Amritsar is 32 kilometres (20 miles) east of Lahore, Pakistan and therefore, very close to India’s western border with Pakistan.
It’s our first destination after our group meets in Delhi in the upcoming Gems in the Desert Spiritual adventure to northwestern India.
Last year I was fortunate enough to be in India during Diwali and took the opportunity to visit the Golden Temple during this festival. Here are some photos and notes from my visit.
“I was fortunate enough to arrive this morning (4th Nov, 2010) in Amritsar. It’s Diwali day and this festival of lights is grandly celebrated here as it is all around India. The streets were quiet in the wee hours of the morning but as the sun made its way across the sky, thousands of people started to gather in and around the temple.
Here are a few photos from my morning visit to the temple.”
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