The Golden Temple
An Easy Tours' Photo Essay
The Harmandir Sahib, often called the Golden Temple, is a Sikh shrine in Amritsar, Punjab, India.
The Golden Temple is surrounded by a water tank that Sikh practitioners use for cleansing rituals.
Each day the Golden Temple feeds up to 100,000 people from its free kitchen run by volunteers.
Visitors share the meal on the floor of the temple together regardless of their station in life.
The kitchens produce traditional flat breads for the meal using a massive, conveyer belt fed oven.
Sikhs travel from far and wide to attend religious ceremonies, share a meal, and ritually bathe in the sacred water tank at the Golden Temple.
The Guru Granth Sahib, the holiest of Sikh texts, is kept in the temple inside a special gold shrine.
Ceremonies continue throughout the day until the Guru Granth Sahib is returned to its protective shrine long after sunset.