Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is one of my favorite places for so many reasons. One major reason is that they selflessly feed tens of thousands of people every day. What an act of compassion and service.

I came across this video on Vimeo and it’s really well done showing the kitchen at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and how they go about feeding the masses. I was there last year during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and it truly was a special experience. It was my second Diwali in Amritsar and this time I had a group with me on one of our spiritual adventures. If you ever make it to India do try and make your way north to Amritsar and if you can, time it with Diwali. You are sure to have an ineffable experience.

To see photos from my previous visits to Amritsar, click on the following links
Diwali at Amritsar in 2010
Diwali at Amritsar in 2011

freedom of food and the golden temple from the source project on Vimeo.

Video Description

From a culture of sharing we have become a culture driven by possession and profit. The century of self. This short film comes from the kitchens of the golden temple where every day around 100,000 people, regardless of colour, caste or religion, donate, prepare, consume and clean for nothing more than compassion. Are we really moving in the right direction?
This year the world will produce enough food to feed twice the world’s population, yet every day almost one billion people will sleep hungry.
music by DJ Shadow . Organ Donor . www.djshadow.com
Produced by Chintan Gohil www.chintangohil.com


 

The 2011 Diwali festival was celebrated in grand style at the Golden Temple. Just a few hours ago we captured scenes from the celebration. Amritsar, India.

 

Wow! What an amazing morning we had at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Truly a sacred place made even more special by the tens of thousands of Sikhs that are so welcoming with smiles and wishes of “Happy Diwali”.

 

Diwali celebrations in Amritsar

Diwali the Festival of Lights is fast approaching. Probably the most celebrated festival amongst Hindus and Sikhs the night of lights is given a whole new meaning in the holy town of Amritsar, India.

During our upcoming “Gems in the Desert” spiritual adventure in northwestern India we will join tens of thousands of Sikhs and Hindus on October 26th in celebrating one of India’s grandest festivals, Diwali – the Festival of Lights at the Golden Temple. It truly is an ineffable experience, one you will not want to miss. I was inspired to add this to our itinerary after being at the Golden Temple last year for Diwali.

“There was no holding back with the celebrations of Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 4th, 2010, night. The festival of lights lived true to its name at the Golden Temple as tens of thousands of Sikhs gathered in and around the temple complex for one of India’s largest celebrations. The entire complex had been draped in lights and it was quite a sight to behold when the lights came on. It was a little after 7pm when the fireworks started going off and what ensued the following 30 minutes was a feast for the eyes.

I found a nearby building and made my way to the roof top to get the best view possible. The main fireworks display launched from the temple complex itself but all around the temple enthusiastic Sikhs set off endless rounds of deafening crackers. Though the main fireworks organized by the temple ended after 30 minutes or so, colourful explosion could be heard and seen above for at least another 4 hours at which point I decided to retire for the night.

Diwali at the Golden Temple

After the main fireworks I made my way down from the roof top of a nearby building with an excellent view and entered the temple complex. The corridors circumambulating the sacred pond were filled with pilgrims. The entire edge of the pond was lit with countless oil lamps and candles, each offered by a pilgrim celebrating the festival of lights, the victory of light over darkness.”

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab state in India, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world. Thousands are gathering here for the Diwali celebration tonight.

 

Today is the last day in our series of entrepreneurial quotes that have spanned a month. We wrap up the series with a wise, simple and yet profound quote by my guru, reminding us that in our pursuit of entrepreneurship, to always hold in mind that …

“Life is meant to be lived joyously” – Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva)

Fireworks and a sea of lights light up the Golden Temple during Diwali celebrations, Amritsar.

Photo: Tens of thousands gathered at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest shrine for Sikhs around the world, to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Punjab State, India.