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Harmandir Sahib

The temple of gold on the lake of blue.

I'm pretty excited for this stop. The sahib is a large, gold building, that was built right in the centre of a lake. It was built to be a central place of Sikh worship. It is found in the far North end of India, in Punjab, and is nearly on the border of Pakistan. India has a population of 1,280,000,000 people, spread out over India's 1,270,00 square miles. It has a nominal GDP per capita of $1,700. The official languages of India are English and Hindi, and the major denomination is Hindu, at 80% of the population identifying. The third largest religion is Sikhism, which is the basis of the temple I am visiting. When I arrive, thee crowded area seems to almost be funneled onto a trail leading over the water to the temple. In the noonday sun, its golden hue shines with luminescence. The peaceful mirror-like water only increases the ambiance of respectful tranquility. As I approach, I marvel at the distinct colouration and architecture. It has the tell-tale domed pillars common to places of worship in this pat of the world. Informally referred to as the "Golden Temple", I see where the name is derived. As dusk approaches, I am equally shocked by how the evening light bathes the temple in, not an eerie glow as I had expected, but makes it appear even more welcoming and sacred. Soon thereafter, artificial lights are illuminated along the building, which also do not diminish the ambiance. I leave this small city tomorrow, and will almost regret not staying longer, but I must move onward.

Posted by Nesawf 09:44 Archived in India Tagged religon

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