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Amritsar - The Destination

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Amritsar Golden Temple
Amritsar stands tall above any other city, its status elevated and sanctified by the presence of the venerable Golden Temple, founded by  the  fourth  Guru  of  Sikhs, Guru  Ramdas  and  completed  by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. Located in the center of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India. But the Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating a calm that makes people bow their heads in reverence. The Gurudwara, as Sikh temples are called, is the holiest of Sikh shrines. It is not just Sikhs who travel to the Golden Temple to pay homage, the sacred shrine is equally revered by Hindus and people of other faiths who, too, make the pilgrimage to offers prayers at Harmandir Sahib. Apart from this, another revered shrine is the Durgiana Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

There’s much more to Amritsar than the Golden Temple. Amongst other sights is the Jallianwala Bagh, site of the gruesome massacre of unarmed Indians by british troops. You can now get the flights for a major tourist attraction these days are the Indo-Pakistan border crossing at Wagah, just a short distance from Amritsar, with its elaborate change-of-guards drill.

Simple and beautiful people, the mouth-watering and famed Amritsari fish and the aura of a holy land there is lots to look forward to.

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Amritsar Facts at a Glance

State : Punjab
Area : 5075 sq kms
Temperature : Max. 34, Min. 15 (Summers)
Max. 18, Min. 0. (Winters)
Rainfall : 59.2 cms
Altitude : 234.00 meters
Language : Punjabi and Hindi
Best Season : September - March

History of Amritsar

Before Sikhism came into origin and the present city came to be known as Amritsar, legend has it that this was the place where, Luv and Kush, the twin sons of Lord Ram, got education and were taught the Ramayana by the learned sage V almiki.

Today Amritsar has evolved as a historical place and a religious hub of the Sikhs. A major part of the city's history revolves around the Golden Temple. Guru Ram Das is supposed to have selected the villages of Tung, Gumtala and Sutanwind to lay the foundation of a new village, which would be a centre for the congregation of Sikhs. Initially, a tank was dug that was completed by Guru Arjan Dev. On the orders of Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das then built the Guru ka Chak or the Guru's residence. This House is today known as the Guru ke Mahal (guru's palace). Guru Arjan Dev then invited traders, artistes and craftsmen to settle down in at this place. The place came to be known as Ramdaspur at that time. Later on when the sacred tank (Amrit Sarovar) was completed, Ramdaspur was renamed Amritsar.

Prior to independence, Lahore, which is now a part of Pakistan, and Amritsar were the major educational centers of the country. The Hindu College, Khalsa College, DAV College and many other institutes in Amritsar still enjoy universal repute.

Amritsar has also been a major centre of Indian independence struggle and the courageous people of the city actively participated in the freedom struggle. In AD 1947, the entire city of Amritsar strongly protested against the partitioning of Punjab between India and Pakistan and had to face riots and bloodshed for a long time that year.

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