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... and in this case several harmoniums, a cool and underused instrument in the west. The music is carried forward essentially without breaks, vocalists replacing each other. I’m not sure just how long the musicians’ shifts are, but they seemed comfortable to keep playing for long periods of time. I shall not again complain about having to sing so much at Jewish services.
After seeing the interior of the Golden Temple I moved on to ...
... the better.
I was establishing a pattern that I would be adopting for the next few days, wander down the hill stopping for chai along the way, have some food and watch the world go by from one of the various cafes and travel haunts and attempt not to chirp in on others conversions when they say things like "I know, you can just feel the energy here permeating up into you from the ground".
I managed to resist the urge to buy more beads but I can't say the same for the ...
... agree with the blind rituals followed by both the Hindu and Muslim faiths. Instead he preached love and understanding.
In a nutshell, the Sikh religion believes that there is only one God, and that this God is the same for all people, irrespective of religion. They believe that all people are equal in the eyes of God, irrespective of race, religion or sex. Therefore they believe in full equality of men and women. (This sat well with us!)
Sikhs follow ...
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We had heard this was worth seeing but we never made it here last time we were in India 3 years ago. So a must for our list this time and are we glad we did.
Wagha is the Pakistan border town closest to Amritsar and it took us about 35 minutes in a car to get there. We had hired a car and driver for this trip for the mega price of £7.50. That's for 2 of us not each!
We arrived at 4:30pm an our ...
... outside. They also provide a free rice and curry meal. A guidebook estimates they feed between 60,000- 80,000 everyday. Inside the production line is amazingly efficient with a machine spitting out chapatti. The Golden temple itself is incredible and looks like it's floating on water. The atmosphere is very pious giving the place an aura. Outside even the Macdonalds is vegetarian and I have a McAloo Tikki meal. In the afternoon I get a ride on ...