GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR, INDIA


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GOLDEN TEMPLE OF AMRITSAR.. INDIA .!!!!!The Golden Temple is considered holy by Sikhs because the eternal guru of Sikhism, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is always present inside in it and its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religion to come and worship God equally.The Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the holiest literature in the Sikh religion , the tenth guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, on 7 October 1708 at Nanded made it the eternal Sikh Guru and the leader of Sikhism. Anywhere in the world where the Guru Granth Sahib is present is equally holy and precious to Sikhs. Amritsar is the location of Harmandir Sahib.

History

Its name literally means Temple of God. The fourth guru of Sikhism, Guru Ram Das, excavated a tank in 1577 AD which subsequently became known as Amritsar (meaning “Pool of the Nectar of Immortality”) , giving its name to the city that grew around it. In due course, a splendid Sikh edifice, Harmandir Sahib (meaning “the abode of God”) , rose in the middle of this tank and became the supreme centre of Sikhism. Its sanctum came to house the Adi Granth comprising compositions of Sikh gurus and other saints considered to have Sikh values and philosophies, e.g., Baba Farid, and Kabir. The compilation of the Adi Granth was started by the fifth guru of Sikhism, Guru Arjan Dev.

The Amritsar area

Amritsar is located in the Majha region of the Punjab. Majha is also known as the Bari Doab, since it is the Doab (Do = two, AB = rivers) or the fluvial tract of land which lies between two of the five great rivers of the province, the Ravi and the Beas. As such, Majha lies in the heart of the ancient Punjab region, comprising Gurdaspur, Batala and Tarn Taran Sahib, as well as Amritsar.
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Hari Singh Nalwa & Begum Bano


Sardar Hari Singh Nalua, Brave general of Sher-e-Panjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Sardar Hari Singh Nalua, Brave general of Sher-e-Panjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
During the times of Sher-e-Panjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh Raaj (kingdom) stretched from the Sutlej River to Kabul (in Afghanistan). Raja Ranjit Singh’s key general was Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa, who was a Rehatvan (strictly observant) Sikh of the Guru.
Once, when Hari Singh Nalwa had set up camp with his army in Jamrud in Afghanistan, a local Muslim woman called ‘Bano’ had watched the Sikhs set up camp. She found Hari Singh Nalwa very handsome and attractive, and had the thought that the commander of the Sikhs would be a fine man by which to have a child, hopefully a son.
One day, Bano came to see the General who was sitting in his tent. When his guards told him that he had a local woman who wished to see him, not knowing who this lady was or what she wanted, Hari Singh gave permission for her to enter his tent. Bano said, “I have heard of the Sikhs. You are remarkable people. I have been watching you from a distance. I am not married and have no children, but I desire to have a son who is like you.”
Hari Singh, not understanding the motivation or intention of Bano said, “May Waheguru bless you that you may have a son with the qualities of a Sikh.” Bano irritably said, “No I want to have a son with you Sardar Ji.”
Hari Singh Nalwa replied, “O sister! I am already married. I am sorry I cannot marry you or give you what you want.”
Bano’s eyes welled up with tears of disappointment. About to leave, she said, “I had heard your Guru Nanak was great and that no one leaves empty handed from Guru Nanak’s House, but today I am being turned away without the wish of a son being fulfilled.”
Hari Singh Nalwa, a true example of a Sikh of the Guru, replied, “It is true that no one goes empty handed from Guru Nanak’s House. I cannot give you a son, but if you desire a son who is like me, then instead if you accept, from now on I will be your son, and I will consider you my mother.”
Bano was shocked and overwhelmed by Hari Singh Nalwa’s sincerity, high moral character and faith in the Guru. She said, “I had heard that Sikhs of the Guru are great honorable people, but today I have witnessed it with my own eyes”.
From that day on Hari Singh Nalwa addressed Begum Bano as “Maa” (Mother) and she addressed Hari Singh as “Putar” (Son).

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