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foundation stone of Golden Temple Amritsar
foundation stone of Golden Temple Amritsar
 

The land for the site was bought by the Guru Ram Das Sahib on payment from the Zamindars (landlords) of native villages. Some people says that the land for Golden Temple was donated by Mughal Emperors, but this is not true.

The land for the city of Amritsar belongs to the villages Tung, Sultanwind, Gilwali and Gumtala. These particular villages came under tehsil Patti and Distt. Chhabal during the Guru’s time.

Guru Amardas Ji (Third Sikh Master) alongwith Guru Ram Das, Baba Budha Ji (a great devotee of Sikh Religion) visited and found a lonely and peaceful area in the centre of these villages. At that time this piece of land (The walled city of Amritsar) was bought from the villagers for 700 Rs. During the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the British Empire, the city was free from the state taxes.

"Is the Golden Temple all real gold?" asked Canadian PM

Canadian Prime minister Mr Harper in Golden Temple
Canadian Prime minister Mr Harper in Golden Temple

During his recent visit to the Sikhs' holiest shrine, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper could not believe that the Golden Temple was all covered with real gold. Harper was so struck by the sight of the resplendent Sikh temple that he asked someone in his entourage whether it was all real gold.

"When the prime minister had his first glimpse of the Golden Temple on that beautiful sunny day, he asked someone next to him: Is it real gold? 'Yes, it is real gold, sir,' the person told the prime minister,'' says Amritsar-born Dr Birinder Singh Ahluwalia who was one of the eight top Indo-Canadians picked up by the prime minister for his India visit. -- With thanks from Sikhnet