A Holy Visit

Above Bhaiji's prepare and serve Karah Prasad.
This divine sweet pudding is called Karah Prasad which is a type of semolina halva made with equal portions of whole-wheat flour, butter, and sugar. It is experienced as a blessing from the Guru and is offered to all visitors to the Darbar Sahib in a Gurdwara. 

Those who prepare it bathe beforehand and recite hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib as they make it. When cooked, it is covered with a white cloth which is sprinkled with water as a symbol of cleanliness. It is then placed near the Guru Granth Sahib. During the Ardas at the end of worship it is stirred with a small kirpan(sword). It is then given to all who are present as a sign of their equality and unity. Offering Karah Prasad also makes sure that no one leaves the Guru's presence empty handed.

Above This beautiful wooden door is inlaid with marble. The art of marble inlay is known as Pietre Dure or Parchin Kari.

Above and Below Architectural Structure, Sri Harmandir Sahib also known as The Golden Temple is the holiest gurdwara for the Sikhs. 
There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib that symbolise the openness of Sikhs towards all religions.

Above Left and Above Right Details - here you can see Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the intricately carved gold doorway.
The Golden Dome is said to be glided with 100 kg of pure gold which represents an inverted lotus flower, pointing back to earth that symbolizes the Sikh´s concerns with the world.

Above Right and Left Mesmerizing Geometric Floors
Derived from Islamic, Greek and Roman culture, such patterns form a variety of symmetries including reflections and rotations. Also seen as mathematical tessellations which extend indefinitely and thus suggest infinity.

Every moment spent at the Golden Temple is pure bliss, the vibe is so serene and peaceful and the attention to architectural stuctures and decorative detail made it even a more beautiful experience for us. 

The Golden Temple was designed by the fifth Guru, Guru Arjan who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi Saint, Sai Hazrat Mian Mir in 1588. It's construction took 16 years and it opened in 1604. It is believed that the temple underwent substantial rebuilding and renovation in 1760 as it came under attack by the Afghans.

The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar, Punjab, India.  


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