The Golden Temple, located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India, is a place of great beauty and peacefulness. The Golden Temple is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance.
Originally a small lake in the midst of a quiet forest, the site has been a meditation retreat for nomadic scholars. Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, meditate by the peaceful lake and after passing away, his disciples continued to frequent the site and it became the primary sacred shrine of the Sikhs. The lake was enlarged and the Sri Harimandir Sahib or Temple of God was built. On numerous occasions the temple was destroyed and each time was rebuilt more beautifully by the Sikhs.