Description : This picture was taken at Ram Bagh garden. This garden was earlier known as the Company Garden. It palce is quite popular amongst the tourist in Punjab. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a devoted follower of Guru Ram Das (founder of the city of Amritsar). These he renamed the garden to Ram Bagh garden.
Durgiana Temple is one of the most popular temples in Amritsar. It looks quite similar to the Golden Temple here in the city and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is also called as Lakshmi Narayan Temple as Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu are worshipped here along with Goddess Durga. Because of its carved silver doors, it is also called by the name Silver Temple. The temple is visited by devotees from all parts of India and also from abroad. The temple is open for worship on all days of the week from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm. In the afternoon it closes at 12 noon and opens at 3.00 pm.
We reached the temple at 4.00 pm and after buying some sweets and flowers from the nearby shop, got inside. The temple looked very beautiful, located in the middle of a sarovar. A passage over the sarovar takes you to the temple. The sarovar is surrounded by a passage, which is made for the devotees to do parikrama around the temple. There were separate bathing ghats for men and women. As we walked through the connecting bridge to the temple, I could see many fish in the sarovar. People were throwing eatables in the water, which were immediately consumed by the fish. The water in the sarovar is clean as the water from washing and cleaning the temple is directed away by drainage pipes. Near the main gate there was a temple dedicated to Lord Siva.
The main temples in the temple complex include Lalshmi Narayan Temple, Bara Hanuman Mandir and Mata Shitala Mandir. The main gate of the Laksmi Narayan Mandir has a silver door followed by a passage. On either side of the passage there are idols of Maa Durga and Lord Ganesha. The whole temple is in water and the idol is in standing posture. There are also idols of Radha, Krishna, Balarama and Sudama in the temple.
Bara Hanuman Mandir is on the north western side io the main temple. Mata Shitala Mandir is older than 600 years and the deity here is Maa Durga. Near this temple is a beri tree, which is believed to fulfill the desires of all devotees that pray here and remains green all through the year.
Description : Another tourist destination from Punjab, this is a picture of Wagah border. One of the most popular place in India. Unlike other locations, the wagah border signifies the relationship between Pakistan and India. A ‘lowering of the flags’ ceremony takes place at this border every evening before sets. This ceremony is carried out by Border Security Force of India and Pakistan Rangers. Hundred of tourists from Pakistan, India and other countries visit this broader everyday.
One of the places that we went to visit during our stay in Amritsar was Guru Nanak Dev University, which was about 8 km from the city, on the Amritsar-Lahore Highway. There is bus service to the university from the city and we took a bus to reach the university. It was established on 24th November, 1961 as a part of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth centenary celebrations. Various faculties here are Applied Sciences, Arts and Social science, Economics and Business, Engineering and Technology, Humanities and Religious Studies, Languages, Laws, Life Sciences, Physical Education, Sciences, Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, and Visual and Performing Arts.
The university also deals with the study and research on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak, the promotion of Punjabi language and spreading education among the backward classes of the community. The campus was very large, about 500 acres in area. The building were built with red brick and consisted of 37 academic departments. Other than academics, the university aims at the all round developments of the students. There are Youth Services, National Service Scheme and an auditorium that can accommodate 900 people. There are also seminar and conference halls, a hi-tech Sports Complex, sports hotel etc.
There are more than 4000 students studying here and the campus has 5 hostels, of which three are for girls and 2 for boys. Each hostel has fully furnished rooms, a reading room and dining halls. Hostels are also provided with Wi-Fi internet connectivity 24 hours a day. The hostel canteen is equipped with a stationary cum retail shop as well
The campus has many trees and plants that make it green all over. There are also small gardens in the campus with fountains. It was quite cool inside and there was breeze blowing throughout the day. We walked past the various paths and saw that it was well maintained and looked after. We met some students on the way and learnt that they came from different parts of India to study there. They said that the professors here were well experienced and very dedicated. They were always ready to help them with their studies.
Description : Almost everybody in India recognizes this place. This is Golden temple also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. It is the most popular tourist destination in India. No matter what your religion is, you must definitely visit this temple. Experiencing the serenity of this place has always been special for me.
The incident at Jallianwala Bagh is something that one cannot recollect without pain and shock. It is a place visited by every tourist in Amritsar and it has many stories to tell you about the struggle for freedom. We took a cab to visit the place and reached there at by 9.00 am. The park is open for the public from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm on all days of the week and you need not pay any entry fee to get inside. The place was already full of visitors and we too joined them on our way to the park. There was a narrow lane that led inside and I saw that the park was a large space of about 6.5 acres.
The guide accompanying us gave us a brief picture of what happened here 13th April 1919. He said that the park was commonly used by the people in the area meetings and protests during those times. As usual, people gathered here to take part in a meeting to protest against the Rowlatt Act, unaware of what was in store for them. Many woman and children were also in the park. Suddenly fire was opened on them by General Reginald Dyer and his troop of soldiers. The main entrance was blocked by the British soldiers. So the poor people had no place to escape. Many of them got killed in the stampede that occurred. Some jumped in to the well inside the park and got killed. Thousands of people were killed and injured for no reason.
We saw a memorial inside, which was built and inaugurated in 1961 by Rajendra Prasad, who was the president at that time. Later on a flame was added, it was made of red brick that stood to a height of 45 foot. It was made in the shape of a huge flame and is called the Flame of Liberty. We walked past Martyr’s gallery and also saw many bullet marks and blood stains on the wall as proof of the massacre.
Everyone must visit the place and realize the hardships our fore fathers have undergone to attain us our freedom.
Being a student most of my time is spent in learning and doing projects as well preparing for my GRE. But once in a while I take a break from my studies and go out travelling with my friends to many places in North India. Usually we go for three to four days and then come back rejuvenated. Last time it was to Amritsar that we decided to go. The distance from Lucknow to Amritsar is not much and we opted for train travel from Uttar Pradesh to Amritsar by Jalianwala B Express. I had the tickets reserved for all the four of us well in advance and we were very excited about our visit to Amritsar.
The scheduled time of arrival of the train at Lucknow station was 3.05 pm and so I had my bags packed in the morning, taking care to pack all things that I needed. I had my lunch at 1.00 pm and got ready by 2.00 pm. I reached the station at 2.30 pm and I saw that the other three had already arrived. The train arrived at the correct time and we all got into the train. I had booked three tier AC class for our travel and we found our seats and sat down. It was a relief from the intense heat outside and we all sat down for a while enjoying the coolness of the AC.
The train had a halt in the station for 15 minutes and then took off at 3.20 pm. we sat talking for a while, making plans as to where to go in Amritsar. In the evening we had tea and snacks and then I took out a book and was immersed in reading it. we had the dinner packed from home and had it at 9.00 pm. then we had some conversation with our fellow passengers and went to sleep at 10.00 pm. the arrival time of the train at Amritsar station was 6.30 am and so I put an alarm to wake up at 5.00 am. The train arrived at exactly 6.30 am and we got out having enjoyed our train travel from Uttar Pradesh to Amritsar by Jalianwala B Express.