I visited Amritsar last year with some friends. I have written about our visit to the Museum of Partition and Jalianwala Baug in this earlier post https://thatwhichiam.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/the-museum-of-partition/
Here I am just going to post some photos from the visit to the Golden Temple. It has had its troubles in the 1980s and I lived in Delhi as a child during the Operation Bluestar and the subsequent riots in Delhi followed by the assassination of the then PM Indira Gandhi.
Now, the temple is a beautiful place, quiet and clean. We were lucky to have a cloudy day with some smattering of rain giving us this incandescent light in which I manage to capture some spectacular photos all on my phone camera. We visited in the morning for the langar and again in the evening for the prayers.
I was very intrigued to learn that Sant Namdeo, one of the saint -poets of Maharashtra is highly revered by the Sikhs and 62 of his hymns are part of their prayers ! He was born in 1270 and travelled around India along with Jnanadev and eventually ended up in Punjab, where he lived for 20 years.
” The thundering resonance of the Word has liberated me while living”
As always, though fully appreciative of the beauty and purpose of such places of worship, as a space for refuge from the crazy troubled world, as a safe haven, I return even more mystified by those of faith who can actually pray–basically at all and especially in such crowded spaces, no mater how clean and relatively quiet !