The ‘GOLDEN TEMPLE’ , where the sky , the water and the faiths unite (Photo challenge- converge )

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – CONVERGE

HARMANDIR SAHIB OR THE 'GOLDEN TEMPLE' , AMRITSAR ,INDIA

HARMANDIR SAHIB OR THE ‘GOLDEN TEMPLE’ , AMRITSAR ,INDIA

This picture was shot at a Sikh gurdwara , called the ‘Harmandir sahib’ (The temple of God ) or more informally ,referred to as the ‘Golden Temple’ , in Amritsar ,Punjab ,India.The Golden Temple stands amidst a large holy water tank. This man-made tank is popularly known as Amrit Sarovar, literally meaning a ‘Pool of Holy Nectar’.

CONVERGE ( In the LITERAL sense )

I love the way the magnificent   gold plated,  main structure of the temple , leads our bedazzled eyes into the blue sky. There is a clear convergence of the main gold coated  structure , with the blue sky and the reflected waters .

CONVERGE ( in the FIGURATIVE sense )

Though constructed and considered sacred by the Sikhs ,  the main intention was to build a place of  central worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally.

The Gurudwara  has FOUR ENTRANCES , and therefore , open from all four cardinal directions allowing people to enter from all sides , signifying the importance of acceptance and openness .Thus , leading to a ‘convergence‘ of people following different faiths and religions.  Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship. So , this ‘GOLDEN TEMPLE‘ , is an apt symbol for converging faiths and religious sentiments !

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20 thoughts on “The ‘GOLDEN TEMPLE’ , where the sky , the water and the faiths unite (Photo challenge- converge )

  1. This is really a very beautiful place of faith and divinity. One always feels so blissful at such a place. You are fortunate to have visited it. Very beautifully captured the photo. And your thoughts and perspectives are equally splendid. 🙂

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