The Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple in the northern Punjab city of Amritsar, India is the most sacred shrine for Sikhs. It was renamed Harmandir Sahib in 2005.

The temple complex is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the world and is also a popular tourist attraction. It remains open to visitors and pilgrims 24 hours a day, all year round. The temple houses the sacred scripture of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is alive with religious sincerity and sacredness.

We were made welcome to join in the experience of the temple and also enjoy a free meal from the huge kitchen and canteen complex. The kitchen produces meals for around 80,000 people per day. Sittings of 3,000 people every 20 minutes is normal. Food is served to all visitors regardless of faith or background. The massive catering feat is made possible through donations of ingredients and a volunteer workforce.