Located in the ‘Guru ki Nagri’, Amritsar, Punjab, The Golden Temple is a well known Sikh Gurudwara. Over one lakh people visit this holy shrine every year. It houses the pious text ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ in its premises. It is considered to be the most beautiful and ornate temple in India. Owing to its gold coating, it is named as ‘Swaran Mandir’ or Golden Temple.
The bewildering architecture of the temple represents a unique harmony between the Muslims and the Hindus style of construction. It is considered to be the best architectural specimens of the world. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the pious place was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones. Within the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the Adi Grantha, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs.
The doors of Golden Temple are open to all irrespective of their caste, gender, age, religion etc. The shrine has attained a special status in the geography of Amritsar and is held in great esteem by Amritsaris.