Harmandir Sahib, (Punjabi) meaning Temple of God or Golden Temple, also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi), is one of the holiest shrines and most culturally significant places of worship for Sikhs, as well as one of the oldest gurdwaras. The fourth guru, Guru Ram Das Ji founded the city of Amritsar, meaning pool of the nectar of immortality, in the 16th century, naming it for the waters amidst which the Harmandir Sahib was constructed. An active place of worship for Sikhs, the Harmandir Sahib is also one of Indias major tourist destinations. Hymns, praises of the omnipresent supreme one, from the holy Guru Granth Sahib Jee are sung almost all over the day, starting early morning till night the whole year. A dip in the holy pool is believed to wash away ones sins and be forgiven.

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