The holiest abode of the Sikhs all over the world, the Golden Temple at Amristar is popularly called as the Sri Harmandir Sahib. The idea behind this sacred shrine was conceived by Guru Arjan Sahib, who himself designed the structure of the temple. A Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir ji of Lahore laid the foundation of Golden Temple on 1st December, 1588.
Placed on the lake, Amrit Sarovar, the Golden Temple, is bounded by a corridor of glittering white marble. Made up of the yellow metal, gold, this grand edifice of the Sikh religion is the pride of not only the Sikhs but also the entire nation. This stunning shrine houses numerous other small temples inside its premises. The Adigrantha, the sacred book of the Sikhs, adorns the sanctum of the shrine.
From early morning to the dawn the temple premises is echoed with the chanting of hymns, prayers, and other devotional songs, which makes an ethereal ambiance. One among the conspicuous feature of this temple is the Jubi tree, which is believed to have extraordinary powers. Vast dining halls and dormitories in the shrine offer free food and accommodation to all persons irrespective of caste, creed, or gender.