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Amritsar is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Amritsar has various historical and religious sites. The most famous is Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. Another revered shrine is the Durgiana Temple which is dedicated to goddess Durga.

Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar

The word Amritsar means the holy pool of nectar. In 1573 Work began on digging the holy pool. In 1601 Construction of Harmandir Sahib got completed. In 1604 Guru Granth Sahib Ji was installed in Sri Harmandir Sahib.

During Maharaja Ranjit Singh's reign the lower half of the temple was decorated with marble while the entire upper half was inlaid with copper covered over by gold plate : hence its new name, the Golden Temple. Its four gates invite everyone from all directions.

There are some other holy shrines around in and around the golden temple complex. These include Har Ki Pauri, Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Gurdwara Thara Sahib, Langar Hall, Shaheed Bunga Baba Deep Singh, Nishan Sahibs, and Central Sikh Museum.

Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar  Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar

Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
Martyrs' Memorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple. Here, about 1500 to 2000 persons who were attending a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British General Dyer, on April 13, 1919.

Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar  Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

Wagha Border, Amritsar
Wagha Border is another interesting place to visit the retreat ceremony before the sunset at the joint Indo-Pak border, 30 Kilometers from Amritsar.

Wagha Border, Amritsar  Wagha Border, Amritsar

Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar
Situated outside the Lohgarh Gate it is built after the design of the Golden Temple and attracts sages and scholars in Hindu scriptures from all over India .

Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar  Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar

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