Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights with Dandapani on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure to Amritsar

Punjab State

Amritsar and the Golden Temple

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.

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."

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Golden Temple
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
A Sikh elder bathes in the sacred pool known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar), which gave the town the name.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
Pilgrims came from far and wide and many stay in and around the temple complex. This lady patiently waits for her sari to dry.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Golden Temple as it is commonly known is called the Hari Mandir Sahib. Here the original copy of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib is kept.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Guru's Bridge leads pilgrim across the sacred pool to the Hari Mandir Sahib.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
Entrance to the bridge. The bridge is filled with pilgrims patiently queuing to enter the Hari Mandir Sahib. Chants from the Sikh holy book can be heard broadcasted around the temple complex as four priests inside the temple continuously chant from the book.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.
The Akal Takhat. The Guru Granth Sahib is ceremoniously brought out from the Akal Takhat each morning and placed in the Hari Mandir Sahib then returned at night to the Akal Takhat.
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Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights with Dandapani on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure to Amritsar