20 Facts About Golden Temple


Golden Temple is spiritually the most significant shrine in Sikhism.

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Golden Temple is an open house of worship for all people, from all walks of life and faiths.

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Golden Temple started by completing the pool with the help of Baba Buddha.

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Golden Temple invited merchants and artisans from other parts of India to settle in the new town with him.

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Golden Temple wrote a voluminous amount of Sikh scripture including the popular Sukhmani Sahib.

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Golden Temple demanded that the gurdwara compound be open on all sides to emphasize that it was open to all.

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The completion of the first version of the Golden Temple was a major milestone for Sikhism, states Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair, because it provided a central pilgrimage place and a rallying point for the Sikh community, set within a hub of trade and activity.

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The Golden Temple was viewed by the Mughal rulers and Afghan Sultans as the centre of Sikh faith and it remained the main target of persecution.

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In 1802, at age 22, he took Amritsar from the Bhangi Sikh misl, paid homage at the Golden Temple and announced that he would renovate and rebuild it with marble and gold.

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The Golden Temple was renovated in marble and copper in 1809, and in 1830 Ranjit Singh donated gold to overlay the sanctum with gold leaf.

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Golden Temple appointed Sardar Desa Singh Majithia to manage it and made land grants whose collected revenue was assigned to pay for the Temple's maintenance and operation.

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Golden Temple's dispatches, filed by telex, provided the first non-governmental news reports on the bloody operation in Amritsar.

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Golden Temple reportedly jumped over a railing and picked up the sword laying before the temple's copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, before attempting to touch the Guru Granth Sahib itself.

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Golden Temple was overpowered by the sangat and received fatal injuries to the head.

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Golden Temple's architecture reflects different architectural practices prevalent in the Indian subcontinent, as various iterations of temple were rebuilt and restored.

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The Golden Temple is described by Ian Kerr, and other scholars, as a mixture of the Indo-Islamic Mughal and the Hindu Rajput architecture.

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For those who wish to take a dip in the pool, the Golden Temple provides a half hexagonal shelter and holy steps to Har ki Pauri.

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Typically, the pilgrims to the Golden Temple enter and make a clockwise circumambulation around the pool before entering the sanctum.

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The Golden Temple complex was the main centre of operations of the movement, and important events during the movement that occurred at the gurdwara included the 1955 raid by the government to quash the movement, and the subsequent Amritsar Convention in 1955 to convey Sikh sentiments to the central government.

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The Golden Temple became a place for weapons training for the militants.

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