Thank you Ujjwal from mywordsmywisdomblog for such an informative insight on Aizwal, Mizoram. I am from here taking you to our next stop at Amritsar, Punjab
The first little steps watching orange and golden fish in pious sarovar, taking blessings in Harmandir sahib, having “Kadah Prasad”, buying toys from the outer market of The Golden Temple. These are the earliest and the fondest memories of my life. Born and brought up in a Small town “Amritsar” of Punjab, i never knew till i grew up that people cross all continents and oceans just to get blessings in the “holy city of gurus”
my daughter catching golden fish #Nostalgia
Guru Ramdas, the fourth Sikh guru is credited with founding the holy city, the land of gurus. It is said to have derived its name from the Amrit sarovar surrounding which the golden temple is established. Guru Ramdas bought the land in the village of Tung in 700 rupees as he believed that the water of the lake had miraculous healing powers and developed the city which is currently known as Amritsar which was initially called “Chakk Ramdas”. The city was founded by guru Ramdas and completed by Guru ArjanDev. The literal meaning of “Amritsar” is “pool of nectar“.
Amritsar is called the land of gurus also and is a historical heart of India and an important religious attraction.
Waheguru di Meher
The Golden temple– also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, it attracts a large number of devotes around the globe. The first version of “Guru Granth Sahib” was kept here so it is one of the significant places for Sikh pilgrimage. Amrit sarovar is located in the heart of the temple in which there’s a holy tree around 400 years ago around d which “Dukh Bhajani Beri” is situated.
Dukh Bhajani Beri in The Golden Temple
The fact behind “Dukh Bhajani Beri” is the story of Bibi Rajni and her husband, a leper. Bibi Rajni was the daughter of Patti’s King “Dunichand” and was an ardent believer of God. The father was hell bent on crushing her faith on almighty and got her married to a “kodhi” which means a person suffering from “leprosy”. She told her if your god is so powerful, ask him to free your husband from the disease. It is said that her husband took a dip in the area of The Golden Temple where “Dukh Bhajani Beri” and got free from the disease. Since then, people across the world come to take a dip in the holy river especially on the place of “Dukh Bhajani Beri” where it is said that once a crow took a dip and came out as swan. Golden temple is also famous because guru Gobind Singh ji established “Khalsapanth” here on the day of “Baisakhi” which is celebrated on a grandeur manner in not only in The Golden Temple but in entire Punjab.
The place in #Jallianwala bagh from where the bullet firing started
Jallianwala Bagh– when the “quit India” movement was in full swing throughout country pre- independence, the British army opened fire on a large gathering of Indians who were there to celebrate “Baisakhi” which is a festival Sikh’s new year and also the foundation day of “Khalsapanth“. On the fateful morning of 13th April, 1919, General Dyer instructed his men to gun down everyone present there which led to thousands of people getting killed brutally.
The well in which people jumped to save their lives in Jallianwala Bagh
There was a very deep well near to the bagh so people started jumping in to it just to get themselves saved. It is said that general Dyer told his men to fire in the well as well because he didn’t want anyone to be alive in that rally. It is one of the most brutal massacre committed by the English government. The park has been turned in to a national memoir for those who sacrificed their lives for our country.
The gunshot holes are still present on the walls, a permanent fire called “Amar jyoti” is always lit there 24X7. I still get goosebumps visiting there, such was the supreme sacrifice of our people.
Both the gates of India and Pakistan are visible at Atari border
Atari border– people know it as “Wagah border” but in reality it is “Atari border”. It is situated on the boundaries of “Atari village” of India and “Wagah” village of Pakistan. Every evening there’s a beating retreat which attracts lakhs of people across the globe. The ceremony is held to show the strength of our country and give respect to our soldiers and military. It is such a grand celebration of our love and solidarity for our beloved motherland. It is a ceremonial spectacle and not to be missed in anyway.
Durgiana Mandir– it is also called “ram tirth” mandir. It is a cultural temple which was once the ashram of Saint Valmiki. It is also believed that Mata Sita stayed here only after she got separated from lord Sri Ram and here only gave birth to her sons- Luv and Kush. The temple is a live witness to holy well where Mata Sita bathed regularly and has inscriptions all over from our holy book “Ramayana“. The temple resides a tank which is believed to have been dug by Hanuman ji and people do “Parikrama” to seek blessings of God and also bathe in it to clean their souls. This pond is fondly called “Mata Sita ki baorii“.
A glimpse of Central Sikh Museum
Central Sikh museum– It is located in the golden temple premises itself and houses a large myriad paintings of our Sikh gurus, warriors, saints and leaders. The museum also displays a large collection of rare ancient coins, manuscripts and ancient arms and ammunition.
Heaven for foodies– Try me if you don’t believe.
a. Langar Prasad- A “langar prasad” is cooked and fed in The Golden Temple” 24X7X365 days beacause we believe there’s no other pious work to fed a hungry. It is the free kitchen in the entire world, managed by the management of golden temple. the food is cooked by lakhs of devotees who do so as a charity work just to seek blessings of almighty.
b. The small bylanes near The golden Temple houses the best “Amritsari Kulcha”, The wet Kulcha and some very delicious variatios of Kulcha which are a must must try when you visit there. Kulcha is served with raw sliced onions, amritsari chana and tamarind chutney.
c. Durgiana Mandir the best of “Desi Ghee ki Pinni” and “Desi Ghee ka Patisa”. The simple combination of poori-aloo-halwa are a blessing for any foodie there. A must have chilled thick milk filled with dry fruits.
d. A must visit foodie’s heaven “Khau Gali”
e. Kulcha Land- The “Kulcha Land” is situated in “Ranjit Avenue” area. They serve a fresh off-the-tandoor-amritsari-kulcha varieties. A simply out of the world expeience to savour butter-laden kulchas here.
f. Kesar da dhaba- Located at chowk passian and just a 10 minute walk from golden temple, a must visit to have awesome and authentic Punjabi food.
g. Ahuja Milk Bhandar- when you visit the land of Lassi, its a disloyalty to not have it. A must visit to have a tall glass of thick sweet Lassi which is a soul quencher.
I am no longer a resident of the blessed city i was born in, but the lovely memories are etched in my heart forever. I am proud that i belong to a pious land of gurus. Amritsar, you will always remain my first love.
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