Sri Harmandir Sahib (meaning ‘The Abode of God’), is also refer to Sri Darbar Sahib (meaning ‘Court of the God’) or originally called “Golden Temple”, is situated at Amritsar in Punjab, India. Amritsar means the tank of nectar and was founded by Guru Ram Das who was the forth Sikh Guru in 1577. We all know that Sikhs live in all over the world but everyone wants to come in the Golden temple at least once in life to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib in their Ardas. It is the main center of worship or Gurdware, for all Sikh communities in the World. The Gurdwara (Temple) is most famous pilgrimage destination for Sikh as well as for Hindu Pilgrimage.
In point of fact, Golden temple is tiny part of the enormous Gurdwara. The Sri Harmandir is build of white marble covered with actual gold leaf. It is constructed in the middle of Sarovar (A pool of fresh and clear water). In the pool pilgrimage take bath in the sacred water before going into the temple to pray. Everyday thousands of people visit of this Holy place to adoration, listen hymns and Holy Scripture of the Guru Granth Sahib Read.
Guru Arjun planned to create a beautiful holy place of worship for Sikhs and designed the architecture of Gurdwara. But it is implemented by Guru Ram Das under the direction of Baba Budha. Golden Temple was completed in 1604 and then Baba Budha appointed as a first Granthi (reader) of Guru Granth Sahib.
In this huge Gurdwara, there are four entrances and each and every side to representatively welcome everyone no matter who relates to which caste, color, class and creed.
Sri Harimandir Sahib or Golden Temple is also abode to the Akal Takht. An overpass extends from Akal Takht to Golden Temple.
Langar is a traditional free meal which is served by Gurdwara or Temple. Every day, approximately ten thousands of pilgrims come and take it as Prasad (dainty). Cost of Golden temple and Langer are given by donations. Volunteers, pilgrims and devotee give seva (service) for serving, cooking and cleaning.