The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine in Sikhism. Located in the historical and spiritual city of Amritsar, Punjab, the shrine is reverentially referred to as “Darbar Sahib” or “Harmandir Sahib” (A Temple of God). Built by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru ArjanDevJi in the 16h century, the place attracts millions of devotees and tourists alike every year from across the world.
The Golden Temple is a place of great religious significance to Sikhs, and it’s also a place of utter beauty and serenity. It’s known as the Golden Temple because the dome of the shrine is gilded with gold. The premise of the temple or gurudwara has the sacred scripture of the Sikhs - Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This is the reason of its huge spiritual significance to the followers of Sikhism.
The temple is visited by people cutting across caste, creed and religion which shows the extent of its popularity worldwide. Here, free kitchen (Guru Ka Langar) or free food is served to visitors right through the day. From the early morning till sunset, hymns from the scared book are recited or chanted that make the atmosphere full of piety and spirituality.