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Friday, August 14, 2009

Golden moments - HT inner voice

As I walked barefoot on the sparkling white marble floor of the Golden Temple, a chill ran down my spine.
However, the culprit was not the freezing winter morning but the thought that crossed my mind. No matter how much I tried, I failed to picture the serene environment marred with bullet sounds and dead bodies. Circling the parikarma surrounding the sacred tank, I saw several people taking a dip in the holy waters. The sound of Gurbani reverberated from all four corners of the complex. Despite being an atheist, the positive vibes of the Golden Temple engulfed me.

The Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, also referred to as The Golden Temple, is culturally the most significant shrine of the Sikhs and one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras. It is considered holy by Sikhs because the eternal Guru of Sikhism, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is always present inside the Golden Temple. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, signifying that it is open to everyone.

The architecture of Golden Temple represents a unique harmony between the Muslims and the Hindus way of construction and this is considered the best architectural specimens of the world.

I decided to read a few books out of the so many available on the subject. All I could understand after reading them was that the 1984 incident has been dissected religiously, politically and emotionally. Neither the army nor the government could comprehend the gravity of the assault. The army blamed the terrorists, the terrorist blamed the government and the government blamed a handful of people.

Standing on the banks of the sarovar, my heart ached for men, women and children who lost their lives.
Life has moved on but the wounds remain as fresh.

Ragini Gulati

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