INFORMATION ABOUT AMRITSAR
Amritsar city situated in northern Punjab state of northwestern India lies about 15 miles (25 km) east of the border with Pakistan. Amritsar is an important city in Punjab and is a major commercial, cultural, and transportation centre. It is also the centre of Sikhism and the site of the Sikh’s principal place of worship.
Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple.Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India. The gurudwara, as Sikh temples are called, is the holiest of Sikh shrines. Amongst other sights is Jallianwala Bagh, site of the gruesome massacre of unarmed Indians by British troops. A major tourist attraction these days is the Indo-Pakistan border crossing at Wagah, just a short distance from Amritsar.
The various Opinions that the land was granted by emperor Akbar to Guru Amar Das (later on transferred to Guru Ram Das), or was acquired by Guru Ram Das.Amritsar was revenue free land. Probably, Chak Guru was granted exemption from land revenue by the Mughal government during the reign of Emperor Akbar,Whose policy of religious toleration and religious grants even to non-Muslims centres is a well known fact.
The Guru and his disciples were thrilled at the completion of the new pilgrimage centre.Guru Ram Das composed beautiful verses in glorification of the sarowar,making an injunction upon his followers to take bath in the holy tank and meditate the name of God.The tank acquired a reputation fo sanctity and became the head-quarters of the Sikhs.
The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing
- Golden temple(Harmander Sahib)
- Durgiana Temple (Lakshmi Narain Temple)
- Wagah Border (India-Pakistan Border)
- Jallian Wala Bagh
- Ram Bagh
- Ram Tirath
- Harike Bird Sanctuary
- Samadhi of Guru Angad Dev Ji
- Jama Masjid Khairuddin
- Samadh of Shravan
- Pul Kanjari
- Khoo Kalyanwala
- The Historical Banyan Tree( Shaheedi Bohr)
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