Amritsar is a conjugated word composed by joining two root words: Amrit (nectar) and Sar(Pond). It was initially known as Ramdaspur but colloquially came to be known as Ambarsar and presently, it is popularly known as Amritsar. Amritsar is a very sacred place to mainly Sikh people but carries the same essence for all who loves this pious place and has no outrage being from other religion. So, today I will take you through my tour to Amritsar thereby visiting Golden Temple along with Jaliyanwala Bagh, Durgyana Mandir, and Wagha Border.
It was the month of January 2017 and the date was 26th, a well-known date in Indian History as we all know. We reached the city of Amritsar early in the morning at about 6 AM. And after a refreshing bath and having heart-happy breakfast, we started our journey by visiting Durgyana Mandir at the very outset. It is a Hindu Temple which is being layered with golden sheets like that of Golden Temple. The Durgiana Temple is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath, and Sitla Mandir. This temple derives its name from the name of Goddess Durga, the chief Goddess of power who is being worshipped here. Idols of Goddess Laksmi (goddess of wealth) and Vishnu (the protector of the world) are also deified here and worshipped.
After visiting Durgiana Temple, we moved to Golden Temple, as it is the main attraction of Amritsar for the tourists. It requires a good amount of time visiting the temple turf and worshipping in there. Golden Temple is also known as Harmanmdir sahib. This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors on weekdays alone and is the most popular destination for non-resident Indians (NRI) in the whole of India. The city also houses the Akal Takht, the highest seat of earthly authority of the Khalsa. The Ramtirth temple situated at Amritsar is believed to be the Ashram site of Maharishi Valmiki, the writer of Ramayana. According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Sita gave birth to Lava and Kusha, sons of lord Rama at Ramtirth Ashram. Nearby cities to Amritsar, Lahore and Kasur were said to be founded by Lava and Kusha, respectively. Lahore is just about 23 Kilometer from Wagha Border. During Ashvamedha Yagna by Lord Rama, Lava and Kush captured the ritual horse and tied Lord Hanuman to a tree near to today’s Durgiana Temple. During Navratra festivities it is considered to be auspicious by Hindu population of the city to visit that temple.
After visiting Golden Temple and taking a holy dip in the Sarovar, we headed to the Jalianwala Bagh. Most interestingly, there are numerous colorful fishes in the Sarovar; it makes a beautiful view for the visitors especially children. My one suggestion is: Do not forget to feed the fishes. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April, 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters, along with Baisakhi pilgrims, who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar. Here in the Jalianwala Bagh , you would be witnessing the great well into which many people jumped and lost their lives as they ran to save their lives after the gunfire by the then British soldiers, and you can see the dents of the bullets in a wall.
It is about 2 PM then and finally we went to the famous Border area of Pakistan and India, Wagha Border, where we could see the daily retreat by BSF personnel and Pakistani Rangers from either side. It starts at about 3 PM in evening and 6 AM in morning but I will suggest you to be there before the ceremony starts so that you can have a better and spacious front seat to witness the show of great BSF personnel. It ends by 5 PM or 5:15 PM in general. It is a great moment for me to be there in Wagah Border and in Amritsar in particular to witness some marvelous historical fames and names of India.
Bharat Mata Ki Jai !! Jai Hind