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|Darbar Sahib |
|Architectural style||Sikh architecture|
|Location||Amritsar, Majha, Punjab|
|Construction started||Gregorian date: December 1585 |
Nanakshahi date: Maghar/Poh 116
|Completed||Gregorian date: 30th August 1604 |
Nanakshahi date: 14 Sawan 135
The Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, and informally referred to as the "Golden Temple", is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Majha, Punjab. It was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, in the 16th Century. In 1604, Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurdwara.
There are four doors to get into the Darbar/Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs toward all people and religions. The present day Gurdwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharajah Ranjit Singh secured Punjab from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the Gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name.
The Darbar/Harmandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is always present inside the Gurdwara. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. Over 400,000 people visit the holy shrine per day for worship. In festivals over 900,000 to 2 million visit the holy shrine.
The Harmandir Sahib literally means The Temple of God. The fourth guru of Sikhism, Guru Ram Das, excavated a tank in 1577 which subsequently became known as Amritsar (meaning "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality"), giving its name to the city that grew around it. In due course, a Sikh edifice, Sri Harmandir Sahib (meaning "the abode of God"), rose in the middle of this tank and became the supreme centre of Sikhism. Its sanctum came to house the Adi Granth comprising compositions of Sikh Gurus and other saints considered to have Sikh values and philosophies, e.g., Baba Farid, and Kabir. The compilation of The Adi Granth was started by the fifth guru of Sikhism, Guru Arjan.