Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India as seen in Rab ne bana di Jodi

The Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, is the most sacred site in the Sikh religion.  The temple is surrounded by a lake which was excavated in 1577. In 1604, the Adi Granth, the holy scriptures of Sikhism, was placed inside.  The Golden Temple has four entrances and is built on lower ground than the surrounding area.  This differs from a Hindu temple which this one entrance and one must use steps to enter.  This construction signifies the importance of acceptance and openness in the Sikh religion.  Sikhs believe all people are equal and should live and worship together.  It is estimated that over 100,000 people visit the temple daily.

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