Sunday, 13 December 2009

The Golden temple

Amritsar is the spiritual capital of Sikhism, which is the fifth largest organised religion in the world. Most of the Sikhs live in Punjab, India, and their most sacred shrine is the beautiful Golden Temple. Along with Varanasi, this is the most spiritual and inspiring place I have visited in India. Here is a selection of pictures which I hope will inspire you as much as they did to me.

The Golden Temple by night.

The Golden Temple by day.

A Pilgrim sits by the holy pool as hundreds of people cross the bridge that leads to the Hari Mandir Sahib.

One of the temple guards surveys the pilgrims (strict rules apply to visitors) while a pilgrim bathes in the holy waters of the temple.

A voluntary works on the temple decoration.

A pilgrim takes a holy dip while contemplating the beauty of the Hari Mandir Sahib.

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