Updated: Mar 17, 2019
I was born in the holy city of Amritsar and possibly brought inside the golden temple when I was just few days old. This temple is thus very close to my heart and feels like second home. My parents are sikh and have immense faith on the biggest pilgrimage place for the religion - the Golden temple.
This account is not just behind the scenes of my photographs , but a little beyond that.
I have witnessed this temple evolve to the current state . Only few years back , the temple was surrounded by narrow , congested old roads, havelis, alleys and charming little shops .Over the years and with the ever increasing number of pilgrims, the reconstruction of the road leading upto the temple has made the navigation easier. These old spots have disappeared and unless one meanders into the main city, you may not be able to say, how many years and battles this sacred place has seen.
One can go inside the golden temple from any of the four sides, a feature unique to the Gurudwara. Much before I can take steps towards the inside hallway, I can hear the music of the shabad ( hymns) . Traditionally believers walk around the hallway and pay homage at the many shrines within the Darbar sahab. On the many visits that I have made , i like to rest against the cool of the marble and listen to the shabad echoing, and feel the palpable larger force.
One of my favorite pictures from the temple is one that I clicked many years ago against the sarovar. A mother , sharing the stories of bravery, resilience and principles of sikh gurus with her young children . It brings back many memories I have around this place.
The marble causeway leading inside the golden temple shrine is crowded with a que of pilgirms wanting a glimpse of Babaji , as we call the Granth in Sikhism. The inner sanctum is dome shaped building covered in gold foil that glimmers against the shinning sun and glows in moonlight. Prayers are offered in the shrine. Covering of the head is mandatory at all times. After praying at the main temple it is required to exit counterclockwise . I cannot help but marvel time and again at the architecture and the beauty of this place. No matter how many times I come to this place, the solace and peace this place provides is profound .