ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Golden Lunch

Visiting the Golden Temple at Amritsar is a reminder of the Sikh tenet of love and compassion, expressed in the idea of a simple meal as a universal equaliser.

I elbow my way past pedestrians, carts and the occasional cow down a narrow road in Amritsar, Punjab. The afternoon sun beats down mercilessly, forcing me to squint. “Maybe it’s a bad time to visit,” I wonder.

Within minutes, however, everything else seems to melt away as my eyes widen to take in the sheer expanse and grandeur of the structure in front of me. Its minarets and walls glisten with gold and its central dome stands high in majestic glory, sagely surveying the thousands below. Considered the holiest of shrines in the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple is to Sikhs what St Peter’s Basilica is to Catholics or the Kaaba to Muslims.

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