The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India (Sri Harmandir Sahib) is not just the biggest house of worship for the Sikhs, but also symbolic of history, culture, brotherhood and strength. Everyone, regardless of cast, ideology or race can look for profound comfort and religious satisfaction with no obstruction. It likewise speaks to the particular personalities, souls and legacy of the Sikhs. To pen-down the spirituality, philosophy, internal and external excellence, and the authentic heritage of Sri Harmandir Sahib would be an extravagant task. It requires actual experience rather than just depiction of its concept.
The Golden Temple draws masses of all faiths and walks of life alike purely due to the sanctity it offers. The monument is a unique structure, having been built lower than the city level to symbolise humility and to depict the loss of one's own ego while entering this house of worship. The structure is open from all sides, in an attempt to welcome everyone irrespective of any parameters with the belief that one faith can combine all.
The construction of the temple was initiated in 1574 by Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (fourth Sikh Guru). This was later on completed by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (fifth Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (sacred text of the Sikhs), after its accumulation, was first introduced at Sri Harmandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A faithful Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was selected its first Head Priest