Essay on Darbar Sahib (Harmandir Sahib)
The famous Golden Temple is located at Amritsar. It is also known as Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. This is the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs in India.
The golden glitter of the great shrine invites every devotee to the solemn hymns from the holy Granth Sahib. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine everyday and listen to the message: “0 frail being, I Return to the path of the Divine and forsake materialistic pleasures. Your being represents Divine essence. Therefore, return to the Divine path — which will bring bliss and glory to your soul. Why have you forsaken such a glorious path? Why have the earthly pleasures attracted you so much? Are you unaware of the fact that all those that are born, have to die one day. Seek your Destiny through return to this immortal path of spiritualism.”
The holy hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib symbolizing the above message blare forth through loud speakers and the devotees sit with rapt attention. Many of them are impressed and they start a spiritualistic career.
The temple stands in the middle of a Sarovar (tank) which is known as the ‘Amrit Kund’. A marble path runs round the tank and a marble bridge leads to the temple. Lofty buildings stand round the path. The exquisite golden glitter of the dome which is constructed out of golden plates is highly enchanting to the human eye. The temple has four silver doors. The exterior glitter of the temple impresses every new visitor as if ‘gold and silver’ were nothing as compared to the spiritual sermons of the holy Granth Sahib kept within the sacred shrine. The most important aspect is ‘An Invitation to the Human Beings to Return to the Glorious path of Spiritual Renaissance’. Every morning and evening, we can listen to these holy sermons which are recited by the high priest.
The Akal Takht facing the shrine is a five-storied building and it is separated from the latter by an open space.
To the South West stands a seven-storied building ‘Baba Atal’. This building was built in memory of Atal Rai, the son of Guru Har Govind. It is the highest building in Amirtsar.
Pilgrims from all over the country visit this holy shrine. Even the sight-seers from all over the world visit this shrine and they are enchanted by the beauty of the buildings and the spiritual sermons emerging out of the shrine on the days of festivals. On the Diwali Day, the holy shrine presents a charming sight. The whole building is lit up with thousands of lamps. The reflection of these bulbs adds to the beauty of the sight.
Amritsar is a holy city where millions of devotees throng every year to pay homage to the great Gurus, whose sermons are sung by the devotees’ everyday in the holy precincts of Golden Temple.
– Paridhi Khanna