ART PEACE

tapping the creative 'right' side of my brain

Diversity Trip – Amritsar

With OM MANI PADME OM still reverberating in my mind, we boarded the bus to Pathankot, from where we will take another bus to Amritsar. AND the reverberations I was hearing now were no where near to peaceful.

Just a glimpse into what I endured during the 4 hr bus ride: I wish I had recorded it but this video does perfect justice.

I couldn’t stop smiling thinking about such contrasting worlds just 50kms apart. On one side you have smiling peaceful stocky Buddhists and on the other you have feisty, loud and exceptionally tall Punjabi’s.

My next destination is the city of Amritsar where the Golden Temple is.

It was the night of Deepavali

 

Sri Harimandir Sahib or popularly known as the Golden Temple is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. It is accessible to every person without any distinction of Caste, creed, sex and religion all you need to do is cover your head when entering.

It is surrounded by a manmade lake of 150 sq.m. The lake gives it a sublime, serene and meditative feel. Of the two days we stayed there I found myself going to this place every morning and evening.

We also had our Diwali meal at the langar. Langar is a community kitchen where everyone is served free meals and the kitchen is managed also by volunteers.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh statue

Some more statues and a smiling Sikh 🙂

And finally it is time for some patriotism. We headed to Wagah border for the border gates closing ceremony. And we were going to close the gates on Pakistan so I was looking forward to experience. It was a testosterone filled environment from the minute we entered. The peaceful Buddhist in me had now transformed into a Raging bull ….LOL

You see the guy marked in orange, that is the Pakistan side by the end of the ceremony. All gone and they started brooming their side. And the crowd on this side, Indian are not done with their cheering and photo sessions, for us the festivities always last a little longer.

Back to the Golden Temple in the morning

Indulging in some soothing bhajan along with warm halwa 🙂

A Khalsa Sikh with his 5 K’s – Kesh, Kangha, Kara, Kachera, Kirpan and the humongous Dastar on his head.  These are initiated Sikh men who have vowed to follow the Sikh way of life commanded by the Guru Govind Singh.

A last look and time to stay Good Bye ….

Time to get back to the circus. Shredding the wildness and going back to being a tamed one 🙂

Part 1: Diversity Trip – Jammu

Part 2: Diversity Trip – McLeod Gunj

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

7 thoughts on “Diversity Trip – Amritsar

  1. Welcome back Prasna after a long time. Nice to read about Harnindir Sahib temple. It’s an amazing experience being there and cheers.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. That was great, I really enjoyed that especially the Khalsa Sikh with the huge turban.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

View through my window

A unique perspective on Spirituality, Philosophy and Love.

Donna Saunders

Drawing, Painting, Illustration and Design

Table for One

Writing and photographs by Karen Craven, Woman, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, Friend, Aunt, and Niece flying solo

Go Outside Today

Leave your houses, leave your cars, leave your boxes...

Wandering Tales Travel Dreams

Travel itineraries that work!

Gianni's travel diaries

My experience at an Indian Yoga ashram and beyond

ancora imparo

I am still learning

koffeekrazy

Ramblings on movies, lyrics, and much more

¡ Vive La Vida !

Anne Benim Koşmam Gerek !

Bree Irene Gwinner

Motherhood, meditation, movement,& wordiness.

RoxiePhotos

What I See.

Green Bee Mee | Creative Up Cycler and Product Design

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Create, Design and Self Sustain

micalien

music and journeys | la mia finestra sul mondo

Offbeat Wallflower Goes Outside

A look at the pages of a travelling wallflower's journal

MichaelAitken

Painting, Songwriting and Poetry

Your Mindset Coach

Your mindset coach to help you achieve your best on the long run and help you integrate spiritual practises into daily life in a meaningful way and thereby help you free yourself from the ego

On The Rox

Unedited And Rough

PuttingHopeToWork

Inspired by my last name, I'm on a journey to better understand the intertwining of FAITH & HOPE.

Miniature Moon

A living journal of creativity and life

Jessica Libor

Studio Journal

Art Inspired by Nature Blog

A blog about art, nature and all things beautiful

ArtStudio01

Inclusive Visual Arts Collective

My Kawaii Quarter

Don't mind me, I'm just getting in touch with my inner child...

This-door-is-alarmed

The story must be shared.

Melissa O'Gorman Art

Original artwork created by Melissa O'Gorman, using a range of mediums, techniques and materials.

%d bloggers like this: