( Amritsar Circuit )
Mandir Sahib or Golden Temple
Amritsar City. With a part of the land granted by Emperor Akbar,
the foundation stone laid by a Muslim Sufi Saint, Mian Mir, the
construction was completed in 1601. Free kitchen and recitation
of the divine word never cease here. Its four gates invite everyone
from all directions, the scripture is
unique, it contain the divine message as received by saints, bhagats
and pirs of all the faiths of India.
Baisakhi and Diwali fairs in April and October every year are celebrated
with great fervor and gusto.
the fair of Baisakhi all the jewelry in the toshakhana (treasury)
of the temple, which consist of indescribable ornaments, is displayed
around Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
of Amritsar is out-of-the-world. The entire Golden Temple is illuminated
with traditional lamps of different colours. The reflection of the
temple in the shimmering water of the holy pool binds the eye, to
the many-a-splendoured pageant. Fire works display by the traditional
professionals recreates the glory of the times gone past.
Tarn : 24 Kms south of Amritsar. Founded by the 5th Prophet
Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji the impressive Gurudwara with gold plated
dome has a holy pool. The guru used to run a leper's home here.
Within easy reach of Tarn Taran was the centre of Sikh religion
during the time of the third Prophet, Guru Amar Das ji. The deep
well (bauli) in the Gurudwara has 84 steps. Whoever takes a bath
here and recites Japji Sahib (divine composition of the first Prophet
of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji) at each step, and repeats
the recitation followed by bath in the Holy Well 84 times, attains
moksh, because he lives out 84,000 cycles of birth representing
each specie created by God.
52 Kms from Amritsar. Commemorates the seat of Sikh religion
during the time of the second Prophet, Guru Angad Dev Ji.
45 Kms from Amritsar. The 9th Prophet Guru Teg Bahadur had revealed
himself to Makhan Shah Lubana, a Sikh devotee here. A fair is held
here on the occasion of Rakhsha Bandhan.
(35 Kms west of Gurdaspur) Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent last 12 years
of his life here. Clothes he wore at Mecca are preserved here. A
fair called the Maghi fair is held here every January.
Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodi
This is the Gurudwara built at the place where the first prophet
Guru Nanak got enlightenment and created Sukhmani Sahib while taking
bath in the river Kali Bein. From Sultanpur lodi only the Guru Nanak
started his famous journeys. Sultanpur Lodi in Kapurthala district
is easily accessible from Jalandhar and Amritsar via Taran Taran
and Goindwal Sahib. One can plan his visit from both Amritsar (around
60 km away) and
Jalandhar (36 km away).