We woke up early in the morning because I was so much excited to visit the Golden Temple. Finishing our daily curriculum, we were ready at around 9.30 am. We had our breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. We left for the Golden Temple Amritsar in a cab at 10 am. One of the most pleasant aspects of travelling is when you discover something that exceeds your initial (or preconceived) expectations. I felt the same when I entered in the Golden Temple premises. The forts and monuments are of a different experience while on the other hand Golden Temple gives a spiritual experience.
If I talked about the historical aspect of the temple, its construction was completed at around 1604 AD. The foundation of this temple was laid by Guru Arjun Das ji. Later Afghans attacked it and they were demolished by the Sikh army in the 18th century. One of the most fascinating aspects of the prominent Sikh Gurdwara temple is that it is open and available to everyone regardless of sex, race, creed or religion. The only restrictions or rules revolve around the visitor’s behaviour upon entering the premises. Removing your shoes and then proceeding to wash your feet in a small pool of water is required before setting foot in the temple. Wearing a head covering as a sign of respect is paramount; however, (for those without adequate covering) scarves are provided. We were already carrying dupattas with us to cover our heads.
Being a Punjabi at heart, my mind was fully devoted to the temple that time. Taking the time to wander around the temple, at all times of day, with the masses is what I remember the most to that day. It was especially most impressive when the Golden temple Amritsar would shine from the reflection of the sun. As the time was passing, the temple was getting awfully crowded. Leaving early in the morning benefitted us. There was a hope, a request and a true feeling of devotion in people's eyes. We were gradually proceeding towards the Harmandir Sahib for 'darshan'. I needed his blessings. There was a long queue of hopeful eyes.