In pics: Tracing the early days of golden temple
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- 2 of 4Sri Harmandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The most holy text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib is always present inside the Gurdwara. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. Over one lakh people visit the holy shrine daily for worship. The golden temple is made out of real gold.
- 3 of 4This is how the Harmandir Sahab appeared in 1890. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a complete dedication towards Sikhism and the temple is a mark of his respect towards the religion.
- 4 of 4Ranjit Singh was born to Maha Singh and Raj Kaur on 13 November 1780, in Gujranwala, Punjab, into a Sikh family. According to some historians, he was born into a Jatt Sikh family while others claim that he was born into a Sansi Sikh family.As a child he suffered from smallpox which resulted in the loss of one eye. At the time, much of Punjab was ruled by the Sikhs under a Confederate Sarbat Khalsa system, who had divided the territory among factions known as misls. Ranjit Singh's father Maha Singh was the Commander of the Sukerchakia misl and controlled a territory in the west Punjab based around his headquarters at Gujranwala. After his father's death he was raised under the protection of Sada Kaur of the Kanheya Misl. Ranjit Singh succeeded his father at the age of 18.
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