a leisurely breakfast we visit the Golden Temple, which is the
Mecca of Sikh religion .The temple with a shinny pure gold dome,
is beautifully situated in the center of a lake (The Holy Tank).
And is approached by a causeway .All around the lake are marble
walkways and various other temple buildings. The community
kitchen, which feeds over a thousand people continuously, is
spectacular. The huge utensils to prepare the food and the
chapattis (breads) - 20 to 25 at a time - are a mind-boggling
sight. However, besides the physical beauty of the place, the
strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere of the place is soul
stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of
the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual.
We walk through the temple complex and try soak in the
atmosphere. We would also have an opportunity to meet some Sikh
religious leaders who would talk to us about the basic tenets of
Just outside the Golden Temple are various shops that sell Sikh
religious artifacts like swords (decorative), bracelets, combs,
small daggers etc.
During the day, we would also visit the Jalianwala Bagh, the
martyr's memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were
cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several
Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and
a museum of pictures can be still seen here.
We would also be visiting the Golden Temple after dinner. There
happens a spectacular ceremony, where the Sikhs put their holy
book (Guru Granth Sahib) to sleep. The priests carry the books
over their head to place them in a golden palanquin. The book is
then carried to an inner chamber in the Palanquin to the
accompaniment of bugles and drums and the chanting of the name
of the Lord. The palanquin itself is carried by devotees in
turns. It is quite a special sight. The book is again placed in
the main sanctum similarly in the morning.
Overnight at Ranjeet Svaasa