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Golden Temple in which Grunth is kept. The 4 pinnacles cased with thin gold plates presented by Rajas of Patiala, Jheend [and] Nabha

Golden Temple in which Grunth is kept. The 4 pinnacles cased with thin gold plates presented by Rajas of Patiala, Jheend [and] Nabha

Photographer: Baker, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 752/12(68)

Item number: 7521268

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Golden Temple at Amristar, Punjab, taken by William Henry Baker in the 1865. Amritsar was founded as the holy city of the Sikhs in 1579 by Ram Das, the fourth Guru. The city was named after the sacred tank, the Amrita Sarovar or Pool of Nectar. Beside this large rectangular tank sits the Golden Temple or Hari Mandir, which is the holiest of the Sikh gurudwaras and contains the Adi Granth, the Original Book. The temple is an example of late Mughal architecture and was built by Guru Arjan Dev in 1764 over several earlier structures.

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