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.