Historical Relevance Of AmritsarAmritsar is the heart and soul of the Sikhs and the largest spiritual and cultural centre of Sikh religion. Alongside, being an important religious attraction, the city also holds historical significance and a proud past.
Furthermore, Guru Gobind Singh- the tenth guru of Sikhs laid the establishment of 'Khalsapanth' (which is the religious community of Sikhism worldwide), on the day of Baisakhi. Therefore, the temple also denotes the famous Baisakhi festival and celebrations are organized here on a large grand scale and are a big affair. The sacred lake situated in the centre of the temple is popular for its therapeutic properties and it is believed to cure several ailments.
Jallianwala Bagh is yet another landmark in Amritsar which is infamous for the tragic massacre. Back in 1919, the British army opened fire on a large gathering of Indians upon the orders of General Dyer leading to a death of thousands of people. Some of the bullet holes are still visible on the walls and as well as in the well, in which hundreds of people jumped and killed themselves in order to be saved from the bullets.
A flame is lit at all times in the remembrance of the victims. The park holds a solemn importance in the history of India.
A light and sound show is held here every evening and is a must visit experience.
Wagah Border is the border gate between India and Pakistan. Every evening, a ceremony known as Beating Retreat is held which is a show of strength of both the India and Pakistan soldiers.
Originally started to promote goodwill between the two nations, it is a blustering parade of the military soldiers. As the sun sets, the border gates are opened and the flags of both the nations are lowered in retreat.
It was here that she gave birth to Luv and Kush, her two sons. The temple has a well where Sita used to take her bath and has inscriptions all over from the holy book of Ramayana. There is also a tank which is believed to have been dug by Hanuman around the temple premises.
The tank is popularly known as Mata Sita di Baorii. People believe that a dip in the tank cleanses their souls and frees them of their sins.
Another attraction is the four-day village fair held in the temple every fortnight. It includes magic shows, acrobat tricks, merry-go-rounds, and exhibition of wild animals and is not to be missed. Every full moon night, people also light diyas and float them in the tank to wash off their sins. Central Sikh Museum displays the Sikh history from beginning to the present. Located in the Golden Temple complex itself, it is a home to myriad paintings of Sikh gurus, warriors, saints and leaders.