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Golden Temple in Amritsar is a place frequented by Sikhs all round the year. Countless pilgrims visit Golden Temple to pay homage to the holy shrine. Golden Temple is also known as Hari Mandir meaning Temple of God.

Golden Temple History of Gurudwara
The origin of the place Amritsar is still mysterious in the history. There are several legends that explain the existence of the pool of nectar (also called Amrit Kund). The History of Gurudwara Golden Temple in Amritsar can be traced in following steps of its evolution.

Originally the site of Golden Temple was a low-lying are filled with water in the centre (called Dukh bhanjani beri) and surrounded by a large number of shady trees in a jungle. The area formed a commercial link between India and Afghanistan, so it was visited by a number of traders. Still nobody talked about the pool before Sikh Gurus visited it.

Nearby Religious Places
Akal Takht:
Akal means timeless (eternal) and Takht means throne, so Akal Takht means the Throne of Eternal. It is one of the five sacred Takhts of Sikhs namely Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib, Takht Shri Patna Sahib and Takht Shri Hazoor (Hazur) Sahib. It is the chief seat of Sikh religious authority. Akal Takht is constructed in the premises of Golden Temple in Amritsar. It has full authority to summon and order penitence on persons charged with violation of religious discipline. It is the oldest Takht among all the five Takhts.

Baba Atal:
Baba Atal Ji was the son of Guru Hargobind Ji and Mata Nanaki Ji. He was born at Amritsar on 23 October 1619. In Gurbilas Cheevin Patshahi, the story of his extraordinary death is mentioned. He died when he was nine years old. The story goes like this: Atal Rai had a friend by the name of Mohan. One day while playing till late evening Atal Rai won.

Both the friends mutually agreed that Mohan would take the turn the next day. At night Mohan was stung by a snake and died on the spot. Atal Rai Ji went to see him at his home. He saw his family members wailing and crying badly. Baba Atal Ji went near his friend's body and touched his body with a stick saying: get up Mohan. It is not the time for a sleep…. Why are you sleeping soundly? You owe us forfeit." Mohan stood up. The news spread like fire. Guru Hargobind Ji became annoyed. He told Atal Rai Ji to not to go against God's providence.

Gurudwara Lohgarh Amritsar:
Gurudwara Lohgarh Sahib is located at a distance of 15 kilometers south of Nihal Singh Wala in the Moga District of Punjab in the village Dina. It is located at a distance of 6 km from Salatwatpura, 12 kilometers from Nihal Singh Wala and 13 kilometers from Bhadaur.

Ramsar Sahib:
Situated on the banks of the Sarovar (pool) Ramsar, Ramsar Gurudwarais located northeast from the Golden Temple. Guru Arjan Dev Ji went with his scribe Bhai Gurdas Ji into seclusion in this place to compile Guru Granth Sahib.

Guru Arjan Dev Ji selected this spot as it was away from the hustle and bustle of town. There was no pool in this shady place in the beginning. But to make the surroundings more habitable Guru Arjan Dev Ji had dug a tank and named it after Guru Ram Das. Guru Arjan Dev Ji composed Sukhmani Sahib (psalm of Peace) in the tranquil surroundings.

Sri Keshgarh Sahib:
Keshgarh Sahib is the birthplace of Khalsa (link to Khalsa Panth). On the occasion of Baisakhi in the year 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji called a very large gathering of Sikhs at Anandpur Sahib. Here Guru Ji baptized five beloved ones (Panj Pyaraas) who offered their heads on Guru Ji's call for fight against injustice and for upholding Dharma.

Ram Tirath Temple:
Ram Tirath Temple is located at a distance of 11 kilometers West of Chogawan road, Amritsar. The Temple dates back top the period of Ramayana. There is an ancient tank at this place. A number of Temples are scattered in the area. At the site there is a hut where Mata Sita gave birth to Luv and Kush. The site also has Maharishi Valmiki's hermitage and a well with stairs where Mata Sita used to take her bath. The Temples exhibit scenes from Ramayana.

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