Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

This is the Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, in Amritsar. It's the holiest place there is for Sikhs, but everyone else is welcome to come and visit too. The complex consists of a large square building that surrounds a courtyard and pool. Just about everything is marble, and what isn't marble is painted white, meaning that it is blinding in the midday sun. In the middle of the pool is the temple, covered in 750 kilograms of gold.

Most of the time at the temple we were posing for photos with visiting Indian families.

Or sometimes just their confused babies

There is a huge dining hall, where they dish out tasty free food to anyone who wants it. They also provide free accomodation for everyone (a big part of Sikhism is the idea of being inclusive, which means helping out everybody, no matter their religion, status or history). We didn't stay in the complex, it was too hot. We wimpled out and got an air-conditioned hotel room instead.

Angie is a slow eater, so we were last out

Corn man outside the temple

These guys are the groundskeepers who look after the gardens surrounding the temple complex. They wanted their photo taken just for the fun of it, they weren't even really interested in seeing the result

Bathing in the healing water at dusk

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