Saturday, 1 June 2013

Amritsar - An Introduction

Amritsar is the most sacred city for the world's 16 million Sikhs. It lies in the state of Punjab in the north-west India, where Sikhism was born. A monotheistic, monist, pantheist religion that originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region.

The city rests on a large, flat plain which reaches across into Pakistan to the north, where it rises into the Himalaya and Karakoram mountains. Five rivers cut across the fertile land. They give both the area and the state the name Punjab, for in the Panjabi language, 'panj' means 'five', and in the Persian,' ab' means 'water'. That's why mostly Punjabi is farmer with a lot of acre field. Agriculture is the largest industry in Punjab, it is the largest single producer of wheat in India.

Panjabi is the language spoken by mostly all Punjabis, but an old form of Punjabi is used in the holy scriptures, which is called 'Gurmukhi'. And because it's agriculture area, they have famous harvest seasons dance called Bhangra.

Amritsar was built as a holy city during the 1570's by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru. Since then Amritsar has undergone many changes and has been demolished and rebuilt several times. Today it is a lively, modern city and be a holy land for sikhsm pilgrimage. A milion people come from all over the world to visit the Golden Temple , the main attraction in Amritsar.

And after i leave all my heavy bag at my hotel. I walk "barefoot" inside The Golden Temple , i cover my head and join a milion pilgrim here.

To pray, to bath, to walk around the sacred pool on patterened marble pavements , to pay a humble homage to the Satgurus.


  1. You have captured the true essence of Punjab and Amritsar in your beautiful photographs, Mareta. Was there rush or long queue to get in the temple? How much time did it take for you to get inside the main temple?

  2. Yes, Arti , in my first visit i canceled to go inside because just too long queue and the weather outside so hot, around 40 celcius. So i just walk around but for next visit i will write it in my next post :)