I reached Amritsar yesterday morning by bus from Patiala and this was the first time I ever traveled in bus, to top it up all by myself. It was a different and an amazing experience. Met my grandmother, my aunt and everyone. The main purpose of mine coming here was visiting the Golden Temple known as Dardar Sahib and Harmandir Sahib. It was built by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjun, in the 16th Century. The Harmandir Sahib literally means The Temple of God. The fourth guru of Sikhism, Guru Ram Das, excavated a tank in 1577 CE which subsequently became known as Amritsar meaning “Pool of the Nectar of Immortality”, giving its name to the city that grew around it.
My another reason of coming to this beautiful city of God was to do seva which refers to “selfless service” work or service performed without any thought of reward or personal benefit. And I did, cleaning the water drinking glasses and wiping the floor. It was an overwhelming feeling. After which I went and ate the langar which is served 24 hours a day.
Today I went again and took a bath in holy water in the Sarovar which is the large lake surrounding the Gurdwara. Another amazing experience and a wonderful feeling.
This trip has been a nice trip after all and I realized that I do enjoy my company. Tomorrow morning will leave for Patiala again and will stay there for couple of more days before my journey comes to an end.
I am at my grand mom’s place and being pampered at Patiala, Punjab, north of India. To be honest I was skeptic about this trip till the last minute thinking about the summers here, but thankfully was welcomed to an awesome weather. It gets a bit cold in the evenings and mornings and afternoon its sunny but the climate is pleasant. I reached Chandigarh on Sunday morning, Patiala is an hour and a half drive from there, since the domestic airport is in Chandigarh. My aunt, uncle and my cousin sister came to receive me from the airport and my outing started after that. I wanted to see the famous Rock Garden in Chandigarh. It is the sculpture garden and is also known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand. It is completely built of industrial & home waste and thrown-away items and consists of man-made interlinked waterfalls and many other sculptures that have been made of scrap & other kinds of wastes (bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots,sinks, electrical waste, etc.) which are placed in walled paths. Clicked a few pictures there.
This is made from the pieces of broken bangles.
Man Made waterfall at the Rock Garden.
This garden is so huge and the landscaping is just out of the world. Once inside the garden, it will make you wonder that how did he think of such a thing. One really needs to visit this place to believe it, simply amazing. I was just stunned. Glad I visited this place. It should be on everyone’s must visit places once in Chandigarh.
Tomorrow I leave for Amritsar, to meet my dad’s mom and will be visiting the Golden Temple. Will be back with my next post soon. 🙂