Punjab- the Golden state
Hey people ! welcome to the state of Bhangra, lip smacking food and jutiya!. I recently went to Punjab with my family and it was a great experience of gorging on food, lassi and amazing sightseeing of Golden temple,Jallianwala Bagh and Partition museum. Years of yearning finally quenched itself. Visit Punjab to see the state of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The Punjab region was home to the Indus Valley civilization;https://youtu.be/jA7NhLxv29g Punjab is the second largest state comprising 22 districts. Punjab was conquered by Alexander the Great and the Mauryas. It was conquered by the Mughals and the Delhi Sultanate in the medieval period. In the 15th century; Sikhism emerged in the Punjab with Guru Gobind Singh and Khalsa; a military group of five K’s.
In the modern period around 18th century; it was occupied by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Amristar: The city of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Golden Temple
Amritsar is one of the largest cities of India in which Beas flows making it rich and fertile for cultivation of many crops like rice. The city ‘s origin lies in the village of Turng and was named after the lake founded by Guru Ram Das in 1574. It was narrow and planned walled streets developed in the 17th and 18th centuries called Katras. They provided unique defence systems in case of attacks in the city.
Places to visit
This is a very sad place in the history of Punjab; it represents the sad saga of our freedom struggle; as soon as you enter the place;a memorial with freedom fighters stands before the gate called the Tear wall memorial. Even the walls are still marked with bullet marks of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on 13th April 1919 when 25o rounds of point blank range was fired on an unarmed crowd in this park by General Dyer. After the massacre; they were paraded and beaten mercilessly. Martial law was declared throughout Punjab. Rabindra Nath Tagore gave up his knighthood in the protest against this ghastly deed. Udham Singh went to London and killed General Dyer and two other officers responsible for this massacre. He was hanged to death. This place though sad represents give you patriotic feelings as you leave this place, you cant help but feel teary eyed.
This place also has a matryrs well where people jumped into to save themselves but they all died in the well; later many bodies were taken out of the depth of the well.
Sri Harmandar Sahib; is people, the name of the golden temple which is one of the most revered sites of Sikhism. A Sufi Saint called Harzan Mia Mir laid the foundations of the Golden temple in 1645. It was renovated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and subsequent Sikh gurus with 750 gms of gold with auspicious holy pool in the centre of the Golden temple. It houses the Guru Granth Sahib.
Golden Temple’s architecture is distinctive with many elements like Rajput and Safavid. The floral designs on the marble panels of the walls are arabesque. The frescoes include natural motifs and the arches reflect the verses of Gurumukhi. The stair walls have murals with Guru Gobind Singh on a horse.
The clock tower now standing in the inner courtyard was originally built in the British period.It was built with three Ber trees in the centre.
The murals cover paintings from the Sikh period; it also has an arms gallery and a place which was a prison in the past.
This is also a great place to visit close to the Golden temple contains photographs and paintings from the Partition museum. It is maintained by the Arts and Culture heritage trust also gives you audio guides for a complete walk through.
Food of this amazing state
Hey people! you cant just leave without having sumptuous array of food from the heart of Punjab!
Here I take you to the ghalis myself.
There is nothing worth in this restaurant but we had a lot of fun as we clicked photographs of the place close to the Wagah border.
The best Dhaba of Amritsar hands down with sweet lassi and lot other dishes to sample; this is close to the Town hall.