Left to Right:
Jalianwala Bagh, The Golden Temple, Devotees at the Golden
Temple, Portrait of a Sikh warrior .
The Lake of the Holy Nectar
is located in the northwestern part of India and is the
administrative headquarters of Amritsar district in the
state of Punjab, India. Another origin of Amritsar's name is
from Amŗit-Saagar, "The Ocean of the Nectar of Immortality".
Amritsar is home to Harmandir Sahib, also known as the
Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh
religion. This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors
than the Taj Mahal in Agra and is the number one destination
for non-resident-Indians (NRI) in the whole of India.
Amritsar is considered important and holy by Hindus as well.
Bhagvan Valmiki's or Nirankar Valmiki's ashram was
considered to have been situated close to Amritsar, where
Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama gave birth to Lava and Kush.
The forest around the ashram was considered Valmiki's "Tapo
van" (forest of meditation). Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind
Singh are considered incarnations of
Lava and Kush as stated in the shri sooraj parkash granth.
The Durgaina temple is also a very famous Hindu temple
located on the city.
The main commercial activities include tourism, carpets and
produce, handicrafts, service trades and light engineering.
The city is popular
and known for its food and culture. Amritsar is also home to
Orphanage, which was once a home for Shaheed Udham Singh, a
prominent figure in
the Indian independence movement.