The world we live in is filled with diversity, from skin colors, cultures, religions, and even food! There is so much to learn and explore in our world, and I’m so excited to get started! Before embarking on this journey, I made a life changing decision back in August 2012 when my family and I visited the Golden Temple, formally known as the Harminder Sahib, which translates into “Temple of God”.
A little bit of background, I come from a family that practices Sikhism, a fairly new religion (about 600 years old) that focuses on creating a connection with God through selfless service and a humble attitude. There is obviously much more that encompasses Sikhism, but that’s the overall jist of the religion. The Harminder Sahib is the most predominant place of worship in the religion, for it rests in a city full of Sikh history.
The Golden Temple, as the name suggest, is made completely out of Gold as it rests in the middle of a Saravor, a large lake. Open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, the Harminder Sahib feeds about 100,000 people per day, free of charge. In fact any Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) is open to the public and does serve meals (each Gurdwara operates differently). The Golden Temple has volunteers (known as sevadars) from all of the world and from different backgrounds that help prepare meals, wash dishes, serve food, and clean and maintain the temple.Also, there are four entrances into the Harminder Sahib, which signifies open doors to all individuals from diverse backgrounds. Emphasizing humility, the temple is built a level below ground level, signifying one must remain humble, even when entering the place of worship. Visiting the temple, you’ll be able to learn and see first hand the practices of Sikhism, and how a place of worship maintains it’s purity and tranquility as it becomes a common tourist destination. Even though it may not one of the seven wonders of the world, it’s absolutely a place worth visiting because it’s a wonder in itself.
As for my visit in 2012, it was where I promised myself to start living for others while being true to myself. The Harminder Sahib was my first step in finding the person I am today, and I promise you, no matter what religious background you come from, visiting the Golden Temple will change your perspective on life in some way or another- every place of worship does.