If we talk about Punjab, the very first place comes to mind is Amritsar. Historically, Amritsar was known as Ramdaspur. This city is known for the famous Golden temple, Historical Wagah border and undoubtedly for its food culture. The meaning of Amritsar is Pool of the Nectar of Immortality.
It is said that food is best celebrated here. Not just that, people of Amritsar are one of its kinds. They are genuine, warm and religious in their nature. Founded by Guru Ram Das, Amritsar city is divided into two parts – Old Amritsar and New Amritsar. The holy place “Golden Temple”, and many historical sites, markets are in Old Amritsar whereas if I talk about New Amritsar, this part is full of chaos, traffic, and a true glimpse of the adopted new lifestyle. The very first market of Amritsar was “Hall Bazaar“, named after the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar Mr C.G Hall.
It was 1574, Guru Ram Das excavated a tank, which is known as Amritsar ( Amrit Sarovar) and after which the city got its famous name “Amritsar”. According to the history, Guru Arjan conceived the idea of creating one place of worship for the Sikh people. It is said that he designed the architecture of Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple. The land for this shrine was acquired by the Guru Sahibs from Zamindars of native villages. It was 1574 when the construction of this holy shrine started and it completed in 1601. Guru Granth Sahib Ji was installed in Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1604.
During the visionary king Ranjit Singh’s reign, the lower part of the temple was decorated with marble while the entire upper half was copper covered over by gold plate.
One of the most remarkable things of the Golden Temple is its Holy Kitchen which is open 24*7. This is considered as the Busiest Kitchen in the world. No one returns to home hungry from The Golden Temple. They serve food which is popularly known as Langar to each devotee every single day. The most incredible thing is that everyone is treated the same irrespective of the cast, class and creed. There is no hierarchy. It is a statement that says “All Men may not be equal outside the temple in terms of status, but they all are same in the eyes of God”.
Wagah Border is only road border crossing two historic cities Amritsar in India and Lahor in Pakistan.
Historically the village Wagah was divided at the time of Independence in 1947 , as a result of which eastern part of the village Wagah still remains in India and the western part of Wagah remains in Pakinstan .If you turn the pages of history , a lot of painful tragedies along with terrified partition stories are still attached to the village called Wagah.