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
In the past turbans were wore like helmets, for protection during the war. Nowadays, especially in certain states such as Punjab, these are seen more like normal clothes, and are shaped in many different ways and colors.
Characters around the Golden Temple. The Baba is a famous character in the Indian culture. Literally the word Baba means father, but is used as a title for older men who play the role of wise men, giving up the pleasures more materials and devoting themselves to a life of spirituality.
In Amritsar there is the famous Golden Temple, a holy place, crucial for the Sikh religion. Thousands of visitors come here every week from all over India... not only for the sacredness and the beauty of the place, but also for the incredible and admirable work that is behind this, for the past 400 years.