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Author: Surinder Singh Johar
Publisher: National Book shop
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171164005
Amritsar -literally meaning the tank of Nectar was founded by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs. The founding of the city of Amritsar has played an important role in the spiritual life of the Sikhs. It changed the entire character of the Sikh movement. The Guru had laid down the foundations of the future stability of the Sikhs.
With the passage of time, Amritsar became a centre of pilgrimage, which attracted the Sikhs in large numbers from far and near. Located in the heart of the city, the Golden Temple is a source of eternal bliss and spiritual light to the innumerable devotees.
The temple, however, had a chequered history and it changed hands many a times. The Sikhs were turned out of their temple itself and it was destroyed and desecrated time and again by the Mughal rulers and Afghan invaders. Its control was regained by the Sikhs at a high cost and tremendous sacrifice.
This book is the story of Amritsar and of course of Golden Temple from its birth. A period of about three hundred and fifty years has been covered and efforts have been made to give a brief account of Amritsar in lucid, crisp and easy to understand language.
He Founder-Guru Ram Das
During Guru Arjan’s Pontificate
Amritsar and Guru Hargobind
Amritsar and Guru Tegh Bahadur
From Banda Bahadur to the advent of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
During Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Regime
The British Period
Golden Temple Key’s Affair