the golden temple at night

just after thanksgiving, we went up to amritsar, to visit the golden temple, sikhism’s holiest site. our visit coincided with guru nanak jayanti, the birthday of the founder of the sikh religion, guru nanak dev ji, so we were treated to the temple lit with fairy lights, and fireworks.

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the exterior of the golden temple, which is under construction. even with the lights – an unexpected decoration which gave the whole thing a las vegas feel – the exterior didn’t prepare us for this amazing view. it was quite crowded. visitors to the temple walk clockwise around the water tank. the temple itself sits in the middle of the tank.
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worshippers were lighting candles along the water tank’s edge
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a chakram, one of the symbols of sikhism the golden temple itself. the adi granth, sikhism’s holy book, is kept in the sanctuary. fireworks above the golden temple compound and, to the right, above the entrance to the temple itself.

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