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  • The glowing Golden Temple is accessed by white marble archways. Thousands of pilgrims of all faiths flock there every day. width:614;;height:480
  • The main temple lies in the center of a large pool of 'holy' water, refered to as the Pool of Nectar. width:640;;height:390
  • The pool is surrounded on four sides by wide marble walkways and long, stately white domed buildings. width:640;;height:391
  • Pilgrims, such as these Sikh men,  leisurely stroll around the pool and temple at all times of day and night. width:640;;height:480
  • The graceful buildings, which glow softly golden at sunrise, turn pure white at midday. width:640;;height:480
  • Pilgrims relax in the long open-aired corridors, escaping from the elements, resting, people-watching and taking in the serene temple ambiance. width:640;;height:480
  • Temple guards in long cobalt blue robes, bright turbans and holding long spears are stationed around the temple complex, keeping watch. width:362;;height:480
  • Sikh holy men are a common sight at Golden Temple. width:334;;height:480
  •  Indians from all over the country come to visit. width:344;;height:480
  • Pilgrims often sit beside the Pool of Nectar enjoying stunning views of the gilded temple. width:612;;height:480
  • The main temple is entirely covered in real gold. width:640;;height:371
  • Note the intricate detailing of the temple walls. Pilgrims are allowed inside the temple as well. width:640;;height:463
  • The interior is accessed by a long gold-covered walkway. width:640;;height:401
  • Long lines of pilgrims queing to enter the temple are typical all times of day and night width:640;;height:480
  • Close-up view of the elaborately crafted roof. width:640;;height:480
  • Other bulidings surrounding the pool glow softly golden in early morning light. width:640;;height:380
  • Inside the temple's massive dining hall thousands of pilgrims eat the free vegetarian meals offered throughout the day and night. Typically, 70,000-80,000 meals are served each day, more on weekends and holidays. width:360;;height:480
  • During my visit I enjoyed a few daal bhat meals in the dining hall. width:640;;height:480
  • The ongoing meals are cooked in gigantic pans in the extensive kitchens. width:588;;height:480
  • Giant bowls of cauliflower await cooking. width:640;;height:480
  • Outside the dining hall, attendants pass out meal trays from massive carts full of freshly-cleaned trays. width:558;;height:480
  • Volunteers clean trays and silverware in an equally massive washing area. width:640;;height:480
  • Meanwhile, outside on the main plaza Sikh pilgrims wander the marble walkways. width:360;;height:480
  • A temple guard assists a visitor. width:360;;height:480
  • Sunrise view of the Golden Temple, seemingly floating on the holy Pool of Nectar. width:640;;height:381
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