Golden Temple (Shri Harimandir Sahib)
Golden Temple or Harimandir Sahib is the most devotional place for Shiks. Gurudwara is situated in the Amritsar, Punjab (India). Gurudwara is built around the man-made Sarovar (pool). We are going to share some Golden Temple facts.
Golden Temple Facts
- The man-made Sarovar (pool) around the gurdwara was completely built on 1577.
- Golden Temple foundation stone laid by Sufi Saint Mia Mir in 1589.
- According to some myths Golden Temple is designed by Shri Guru Ram Das Ji.
- Guru Amardas made a rule “Pehle Pangat Phir Sangat”. which mean someone has to eat langar first before visiting the temple.
- Golden Temple was rebuilt by Sikhs several times. Because the Muslim armies from Afghanistan and the Mughal Empire had destroyed it several times.
- The pool was twice filled with the garbage in 1757 and 1762 by the army of Ahmad Shah Abdali.
- In 1809, Maharaja Ranjit Singh rebuilt Golden Temple with marble and copper.
- After the two centuries of construction, Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered Golden Temple with Gold in 1830.
- British Government performed continuous Akhand Paath for victory in Golden Temple, during WWI ( 1st World War ).
- 3 million visitors visit Guru Ghar (Golden Temple) every month.
- Golden Temple feeds 1 lakh persons every single day.
- Golden Temple has four gates which are the symbol of religious unity.
- 35% of visitors to Golden Temple are Non-Sikh.
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