Punjab - Sikh Capital of India
The traveling section of “Incredible India“ is a work in progress.
Under “Traveling India“, I am posting the articles as I write them. Soon to come are impressions from Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. This page is dedicated to the Punjab, mainly Amritsar.
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Amritsar Golden Temple, at the center of a bustling Indian city, is a structure of incredible beauty, and serves as the heart of the Sikh religion & people. Eating free on the floor at the langar, waiting in line to see the holy guru book, watching the sacred pool, visiting the gory historical museum, feeling the splendor.
Amritsar border ceremony is an outlandish event, where two nuclear powers pause to make war look like a cricket match, and where Indian women show off their freedoms to their Pakistani counterparts.
Mata Lal Devi Mandir, or in its common name “The Ladies Temple” in Amritsar, displays an abundance of goddess figures and pictures, as well as an effeminate Buddha and is dedicated to a 20th century bespectacled female guru reputed to live on fruit and milk. Atmosphere is much more relaxed than in the Golden Temple. A good tuktuk driver is essential for a great rambling day around the city.