This Friday I’m hosting a superb photographer Greg Goodman from Greg Goodman Travel Photographer & Storyteller and his outstanding picture from Amritsar’s Golden Temple in India. Please follow Greg on Twitter.
Picture Story: Amritsar’s Golden Temple, India
As the early-morning mosque calls echo across the Holy Pool. There’s a palpable energy pulsating throughout Amritsar’s Golden Temple.
In between prayers, Sikhs (and everyone else) sit beside the pool to reflect on the day. To look towards the future, or to just enjoy a moment of tranquility.
While the Taj Majal may be India’s most famous monument, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is equally as beautiful. Though harder to reach.
The last time my wife Carrie and I were in India, it was too cold to visit the Amritsar Golden Temple. This time, the weather was right and only an overnight train ride from Rishikesh separated us from Amritsar. We arrived at the crack of dawn. Found lodging. Enjoyed a hearty and free pilgrim’s breakfast and finally, three years later, began our short walk into the Amritsar Golden Temple.
After walking through a dirty running water meant to clean the feet, we finally descended upon the Golden Temple complex and its shining centrepiece. “This thing is WAY smaller than I imagined,” was my first thought.
The Golden Temple itself sits on an island in the middle of a manmade pool called the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar). Which is also where the city of Amritsar got its name. That pool is surrounded by a square marble walkway (parkarma) and a huge building complex.
The complex’s hundreds of open rooms house an array of temples, museums, memorials and gurus reading scripture from the Sikh Holy Book. While chanting in Gurmukhi all day. During our first visit, we only wandered the parkarma perimeter, as the
line to get into the actual Golden Temple was hours long and the sun was quite hot.