The craving of seeing the golden temple (Gurudwara) as we call it in India had been there in me ever since I got married in 1996.Almost everyone in my family had some time visited Amritsar.Had heard about its beauty and bliss all the time but my eyes yet had to capture the sight.On our 18 anniversary knowing my inner long awaited wish my husband surprised me by announcing two days prior that we would be present on our anniversary at the golden temple.It made me happy beyond words could express.As I had heard so much about it over the years,on reaching there I felt speechless and enjoyed every moment as I was granted my wish and my husband was along with me.The temples atmosphere inside is so magical and serene it makes you forget any grief or pain that exists. The people inside are so helpful and smiling, I didn’t mind enhancing my knowledge about their religious practice from a stranger.One has to cover their head totally before entering the temple,removing their footwear and giving it to volunteers who opt for doing that service ( called SEVA in India) .There are taps installed so the people can wash their legs before entering the temple.The kitchen is so large and the vessels made me wonder about the amount of strength one requires to stir while cooking.Anyone who would like to volunteer for help is welcome with open arms by the kitchen as every lunch and dinner is served to people who like eating in the temple( it is called LANGAR in India) My personal view about the taste of the food cooked is beyond comparison to any five star hotel food.We both were excited to see the temple in the night time.
Golden temple~Night time view
The night view was enticing and illuming.Was difficult to come to a conclusion of comparison.Was once again speechless and just wanted to sit there for hours together and capture the beauty and admire the thoughts of man describing his love for GOD!
We were fortunate in gaining a VIP pass for entering the ceremony of the flags hoisting which is a daily routine on the border by a dear college friend.Was quiet a heart palpating moment for us to see the parade and the expressions the soldiers had while performing it.The huge crowd on our side was equal on the other side of the gate.The almost 45 minutes ceremony was indeed breath taking.There was no other feelings than that of patriotism I could feel in and around me.My personal opinion that I derived after the whole ceremony was over was “Peace is possible,Wars kill”.