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  • Day16

    Amritsar and the Golden Temple

    March 9 in India ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Here we are after two and half glorious weeks in India at our final port of call, Amritsar. Our day started early, yet again, and we caught the 5.30 am train from Chandigarh to Amritsar, which is a 4 hr journey. Drinks and snacks are constantly offered, from tea and coffee, cold omelettes, vegetable patties, biscuits and crisps. Note that British Rail cannot manage a drinks trolly! I have to say I avoided everything bar the crisps, as they were outside my ‘safe’ category, but they were available. We alighted on to a heaving platform at Amritsar and slowly made our way out of the station accompanied by a couple of cows strolling along amidst the crowd. No one took a blind bit of notice, even when one of them anointed the platform in their honour!
    The evening saw us depart for the evening ceremony at the Golden Temple. Amritsar is the centre of The Sikh religion which is approximately 500 years old and believes in equality between genders, kindness and charity to all and welcomes everyone, regardless of religion, to their holy temple. We travelled as far as possible by coach and then by mad rickshaw, to within walking distance. The streets are dark and thronged with people, particularly bearing in mind it is the Holi Festival tomorrow, so all Sikhs that can, wish to worship at the temple. It is unsurprisingly an enormous complex and you enter the inner sanctum through a arched gateway, barefoot and modestly covered, including the head for both men and women, via a shallow foot bath.The archway is deep and stepped and when you arrive at the top of the steps there before you glitters the 24 carat golden temple in its sacred pool. It is a quite unbelievable sight, especially lit up at night. ‘Jessie’ our guide (name too long and complicated to pronounce!) explained all that was going to happen and some of us stood in the holy water, whilst taking in the sight of the faithful at worship, some prostrate, others immersing themselves in the pool. There were beautifully decorated prayer rooms all around the waters edge, where elders were reading aloud from the holy scripture and the white marble that is everywhere underfoot is cool to the feet. On Jessies’s instruction we headed to the temple itself, to witness the parade of the original holy scripture (Sri-Gur Granth Sahib) to its place of rest for the night, (it is a four poster bed!) amidst much chanting and veneration. The temple itself is even more beautiful in reality than from photographs, the interior heavily decorated with gold and painted surfaces, golden doors, jewel coloured carpets and stunning chandeliers, over two floors. Again, to our surprise, we were allowed full access. The Sikh religion is certainly inclusive. To our amazement, once the Holy Book was put to bed for the night, out came the Brasso! I should explain that there are brass vessels, railings and handrails everywhere and volunteers set to with a will to clean any brass in sight. This is apparently a nightly task, as is the brushing and beating of the carpets. By the time we came to exit the temple complex and reclaim our shoes, pilgrims were bedding down for the night, in alcoves and anywhere they could find, directly on to the marble floor with a thin blanket covering. This is perfectly acceptable and they must be a hardy breed, as it cannot be comfortable. We returned to our hotel elated at having witnessed such a ceremony and with the prospect of more to come tomorrow.
    Today was Lesley’s birthday and it was certainly a day with a difference. We had a glass of something sparkling ( not the best in truth) and had our photograph taken to mark the occasion
    (again not the best, but at our age when is it !?).
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  • Day90

    Amritsar

    December 18, 2016 in India ⋅ 🌫 19 °C

    Amritsar beviel ons enorm! De stad staat gekend om twee dingen. Enerzijds de prachtige 'Golden Temple', het mekka van het Sikhisme (een interessante religie die rond openheid en gelijkheid draait). Elke dag wordt er eten voorzien voor 100.000 mensen door vrijwilligers! Anderzijds het heerlijke eten :). We konden een foodtour dan ook niet links laten liggen! Verder bezochten we ook een crazy tempel die meer leek op een hindernissenparcours dan een heiligdom (zie Laura's elegante pose).Read more

  • Day88

    Random Post: Straatfauna in India

    December 16, 2016 in India ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Hierbij een kleine impressie van wat we in India op straat tegenkomen! Duizenden straathonden, koeien die chillen in het midden van de drukste wegen, kameel & kar, zwijnen die in hopen afval wroeten en apen die maar al te graag je eten stelen!

  • Day313

    Pakistanische Luft schnuppern

    May 28, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 42 °C

    Die Wagha Grenze trennt Indien und Pakistan. Laaannggweilig, könnte man meinen. Aber allabendlich wird Indern, Touristen und Pakistani auf der anderen Seite eine fast schon groteske Show geboten.

    Die Zuschauer füllen ein ganzes Stadion....zumindest auf indischer Seite. Die Pakistaner scheinen nicht so scharf auf die Parade zu sein.

    Es startet mit flaggenschwenkenden und dann wild tanzenden Frauen, angefeuert von der johlenden Masse. Dann kommen die Soldaten. Sie tragen witzige Federhüte und schaffen es Ihre Beine beim Maschieren senkrecht in die Luft zu werfen. Das kommt schon Akrobatik gleich. Gespiegelt, aber ein ganzes Stück weniger, agieren die Soldaten auf der pakistanischen Seite. Und so wird hin und her marschiert, die Flaggen werden gehisst, miteinander verknotet und wieder abgenommen, die Grenztore werden geöffnet und wieder geschlossen und das Publikum schwenkt Fähnchen und isst Eiscreme.

    FUNNY! 😂
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  • Day313

    Ein Temple ganz aus Gold

    May 28, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    Sri Harmandir Sahib oder auch der goldene Tempel in Amritsar, ist eines der wichtigsten Heiligtümer der Sikhs.

    Tausende bunte Pilger kommen jeden Tag hier her und baden im heiligen Wasser rund um den Tempel.
    Eintritt, Gepäck- & Schuhaufbewarung, Trinkwasser und sogar ein Schlafplatz sind kostenlos. Und ein einfaches Essen (Paste aus Mehl, Öl und Zucker) wird für ein paar Cents angeboten.

    Die gesamte Atmosphäre ist besonders. Alles ist sehr sauber und ruhig. Leider konnte ich diese Ruhe nicht so richtig genießen. Als einziger Tourist weit und breit durfte ich Babys halten und die Familienfotos verschönern. Als ich saß hat sogar jemand meine Füße berührt und sich danach "bekreuzigt/gesegnet". Scheint so, als ob ich Glück bringe 😊.
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  • Day50

    Amritsar

    January 23, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    We flew to Amritsar. In Amritsar there's really only one place to visit, and that's the Hamandir Sahib or Golden Temple. It is the holy and cultural center of Sikhism and a profoundly beautiful place. Tranquility in architectural form. Entry is through four opposing gates representing a welcome to all people of faith from all directions.

    We first extended our knowledge of Sikhism in Gent when we visited a Gurdwara and met with a British expat who had lived for 6 years at the Golden Temple. A Gurdwara is any place where the Guru Granth Sahib or holy book is kept. Sikh's believe that the way to follow a good life is to:

    keep God in heart and mind at all times

    live honestly and work hard

    treat everyone equally

    be generous to the less fortunate

    and
    to serve others

    The temple history museum was another learning experience. Depictions of early and later martyrs. It also noted the attack on innocents by the British Raj Commander Dyer that led to the fall of British rule. It also depicted the storming of the temple by Indian troops in that killed over a thousand Sikhs, men, women, and children among them. A wall of names has been put up that one passes through when exiting the museum.

    In Amritsar we spent several nights in a really nice hotel and with really good breakfast and felt renewed. Granted, heading out into Amritsar still brought the intensity of India right back, but the hotel and our visits to the temple soothed.

    We realized why walking is such an impacting event here. The broken infrastructure, lack of sidewalks, use of property right up to the edge of the road, and tons of people, cows, dogs, and pigs make things difficult. There's also the constant blaring of horns and pounding of various metals. Plus, women in particular, don't walk if they can ride. It's just not done. We've received plenty of concerned (judgemental?) stares as we've visited cities in the north. Amritsar is particularly odd for us because looking cross or deeply serious is the natural way to be here. It's only after starting a chat that the smiles and glint of the eyes appears. Certainly not while walking through their day to day.

    Nancy though continues to astound. She headed out solo a few times to visit the temple while I was in respiratory recuperation from the Varanasi air. What a trooper.

    My highlight at the temple was joining the Langar, a simple vegetarian offering of a communal to 100,000 people every day. We sat with people with whom we shared no common language and still managed to have a pleasant and friendly dinner conversation. The best!

    As we left the temple that night we chanced upon some workers doing decorative inlay on marble. They were working by streetlight on pieces destined for repairing sites on the temple grounds. It was captivating watching them work and talking with them about the craft. They said that they were all from Agra had come to Amritsar for the work.

    Oh, and one more thing. We went to the border crossing between India and Pakistan to see the closing of the gates. But that's an entry on its own.
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  • Day118

    Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

    October 2, 2015 in India ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Twenty four hour music, celebrations and traffic around the Sikh epicenter, Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple). The temple itself is plated in gold and surrounded by a pool that is covers the area of at least 3 football fields. It doesn't hurt that the Golden Temple itself provides free rooms and meals for pilgrims and foreign travellers.Read more

  • Day3

    Golden Temple

    October 5, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The main temple of Sikhism. The first pic is of the main temple at night. Yes, it is made of gold. Next is the main gate. One if the main principles of Sikhism is service. They say that the world's largest kitchen is here. They serve 200,000 meals every day, all without charge, to anyone. Note: this is not a misprint. It really is 200,000 meals per day. The next 3 pics are of various parts of the kitchen: a machine making chipati; making curry; and dishwashing by hand. The last looks at one of the dining rooms.Read more

  • Day199

    Amritsar - Golden Temple

    January 25, 2016 in India ⋅ 🌫 6 °C

    Vanuit een bed met uitzicht op de weilanden in een zacht wiegende trein schrijven we dit keer onze blog. Voor een rit naar Amritsar (6,5 uur heen en 7 uur terug) om een tempel te bekijken draaien we ons hand niet meer om.
    De Gouden Tempel maakt onderdeel uit van een veel groter wit marmeren complex. Het is echter niet het goud of marmer dat deze plek zo belangrijk maakt voor de Sikhs, maar de grote vijver die de Gouden Tempel omringd. Voordat wij naar binnen mogen moeten we onze schoenen inleveren en onze voeten wassen. Hierop wordt streng toegezien door de boomlange wachters die zijn uitgerust met vlijmscherpe speren. Met koude voeten (het is ongeveer 7°C) lopen een rondje om het water. Nadat we de zon hebben zien ondergaan achter het marmeren complex nemen we een kijkje bij de gaarkeuken. Hier worden dagelijks tussen de 60.000 en 80.000 mensen voorzien van een thali; rijst, curry, linzensoep en chapati. Gordon bedankt vriendelijk, maar Michelle schuift aan in de enorme mess. De thali smaakt prima, maar vooral het gevoel tussen zwervers en millionairs te eten geeft een bijzonder gevoel.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Amritsar, أمريتسار, Амритсар, অমৃতসর, ئامریتسار, امریتسار, Amritsar - ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ, अमृतसरः, અમૃતસર, אמריטסר, अमृतसर, Amritszár, Ամրիթսար, ATQ, アムリトサル, ამრიტსარი, ಅಮೃತಸರ, 암리차르, Amritsaras, Amritsara, അമൃത്‌സർ, ଅମୃତସର, ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ, امرتسر, امريتسر, Амрицар, அம்ரித்சர், అమృత్‌సర్, อมฤตสาร์, Амрітсар, 阿姆利则

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