A glimpse of this sacred place for the Sikh religion. At the entrance a man bows in front of the sacredness of the Golden Temple, a sign of faith and respect. Place visited by thousands of tourists, Indians and foreigners, every day of the year. As sign of respect every person who comes here, believer or not, man or woman, young or old, must cover the head with a turban or a bandana.
For the believers of the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple is maybe the most sacred place, home of the Guru number 1 of this religion (there are 10). Once in front of the temple, they must pray and bow down with their head touching the floor. Ar= ritual and procedure conducted by every believer of this religion.
Here we are always at the Golden Temple and precisely there where all the service was created: the kitchen. The Sikh term to describe this place is Langar: kitchen that provides free food (vegetarian) to all visitors. This is also known as the largest free kitchen in the world... a title certainly admirable.
A group of women who peels garlic. The number of volunteers working at the Golden Temple exceeds the daily hundred.
Welcome to the mess hall! Finally is the meal time... strictly for FREE! As already widely reported, in Amritsar are prepared about 500 meals every 10 minutes. Where do they go? Inside the stomachs of the visitors gathered in these huge mess halls where people sit on the floor on long carpets.
At the Golden Temple, as already mentioned in previous pictures, are served 100,000 meals a day, 500 every 10 minutes, pretty much 24 hours every day... all absolutely free. On weekends, when visitors increase considerably, the meals served can reach up to 200,000.
At the Golden Temple there are volunteers of all ages who help how they can to ensure the service to the community. Here we are inside the Chapati factory and a very young girl is helping to spread the butter on the chapatis
What 's behind the preparation of chapati at the Golden Temple? The processing is divided into two distinct phases, phases separated by a wall.. two adjacent rooms one from the other, to ensure a huge amount of chapati to serve.
Two kids inside the room of the Golden Temple where is the "chapati machine" (one of the few in the world). This machine produces this type of bread very famous in India. Thousands and thousands of chapatis ready to be served continuously. The machine can cook up to 20kg of flour in a single half hour.
This sacred place for the Sikh religion is really admirable for its contribution to society, guaranteeing a service that is unrivaled. First, as described in the previous photo, there is a free shuttle service from the train station to here.