The Holiest Places of Worship for the Sikh Religion
of Hindu and Muslim Architecture The Idea Conceived by: Guru Arjan
Sahib, the Vth Sikh Guru
Golden Temple, also known as Hari Mandir is the most sacred symbol of the
spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs. The tanks (sarovar, amidst
which the Golden Temple stands) and the temple have been a source of
inspiration to the Sikh community ever since its existence.
The Golden Temple was the first important holy shrine of the Sikh religion.
It is the center of inspiration and action and the most significant
achievement of the Gurus, the chief place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs.
Situated at Amritsar in Punjab, Golden Temple is the exemplification of the
might and eminence of the Sikh people all over the world. In the evolution
of the Darbar Sahib, is entwined the history and ideology of Sikhism. The
architecture of the temple includes symbols associated with other places of
worship. This is a representation of the spirit of acceptance that the Sikh
Originally called Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, the temple was
later known as the Golden Temple by the Britishers, for the golden plate,
which covers the temple from the top.