The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India

Temple d'Or, Amritsar, Inde

The Harmandir Sahib, a legendary temple

This is Sikhism’s holiest shrine: the Golden Temple. This legendary temple is in fact a small part of the immense complex that is the Gurdwara Karamsar, Rara Sahib, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib (or Darbar Sahib).

Spiritually, the center of attention is the basin surrounding the sparkling central shrine, theAmrit Sarovar (« Nectar Basin »), from which Amritsar takes its name. It was dug by the fourth Guru Ram Das in 1577. Surrounded by a marble walkway, the reservoir is said to have healing powers, and pilgrims from all over the world (between 60 and 80,000 a day) bathe in its sacred waters.

Whatever your religion, the Golden Temple is a truly magnificent site. See for yourself with these photos:

Temple d'Or, Amritsar, Inde

Flickr – Mare

Temple d'Or, Amritsar, Inde

Flickr – Davy Demaline

A bathing pilgrim
Pèlerin au Temple d'Or, Amritsar, Inde

Flickr – Lundur39

Temple d'Or, Amritsar, Inde

Flickr – Shashwat Nagpal

An Indian woman and her son at the Golden Temple

Temple d'Or, Amritsar, Inde

Flickr – Carlos Adampol Galindo

The Golden Temple by night

Temple d'Or de nuit, Amritsar, Inde

Flickr – Paul Simpson

And some photos from Instagram with a nice effect:

How do I get to the Golden Temple?

Amritsar lies several hundred kilometers north of New Delhi. It takes around 10 hours to get there by train. Here’s a map showing the location of the Golden Temple: