The one you missed when you were in Amritsar

Did you visit the Taran Tarn Sahib when you were in Amritsar? Most likely, it slipped under your radar. I have it covered. Read on…

What comes to your mind when you think of Amritsar? The Golden Temple, of course. The red walls of Jallianwala Bagh and its well into which hundreds jumped to escape from General Dyer’s wrath in 1919. A singular event, in my opinion, quickened the rhythm of India’s freedom struggle. What else…images of paranthas generously coated with a slab of butter and Eiffel Tower like glass with pure white lassi topped with a spoonful of cream floating like an island. Who can forget Sarson Da Saag and Makai di roti? Somehow, I always found mention of this dish in Bollywood movies with so much of flourish that, as a seven-year-old child, I thought, entire North India survived only on this dish! Another image is that of Wagah Border, and the smartly turned out officers of the Armed Forces going through various calisthenics associated with the Beating Retreat ceremony. Ah…almost forgot, Amritsari Phulkari- a well-embroidered stole on which women fawn over.

All right, anything else? But what if, after reading this post, you will wonder how this place slipped under your radar? And to those who are yet to visit Amritsar, you have clicked on the right website, my friend. Without much ado, let’s dive in.

Just 30 km from the bustling city of Amritsar, lies the district of Tarn Taran. During the early eighties, Tarn Taran was in the news for civil disturbances. By the early nineties, sanity got restored, and now it is a small but well laid out town.

Nestled in this town is a beautiful Gurudwara of Tarn Taran Sahib. When one enters through the main gate, a large Sarovar or a human-made lake will loom right in front of you. The expanse of the lake will amaze you. It is said that this Sarovar is the largest  in Punjab.

Sarovar and the lone watch tower built by Nau Nihal Singh

The history of this Gurudwara is almost as old as that of the Golden Temple of Amritsar.  Guru Arjan Dev, the 5th Sikh Guru laid the foundations of the temple in 1590. The foundations of the Golden Temple was also laid at around the same time.

          Pathway leading to Darbar Sahib

The great warrior of Punjab, Ranjit Singh, contributed to the building and maintenance of the temple. He and his grandson, Nau Nihal Singh, financed the gold plating of the dome of the temple. Nau Nihal Singh erected a watchtower on the northwest corner of the lake. The prince intended to build on all corners of the Sarovar, but was unable to finish. The Sarovar is surrounded on all sides by well appointed verandahs. During the course of time, several well meaning patrons, saints, royalty have contributed and supported the functioning of the temple.

When I walked through the gates leading to Darbar Sahib, where  the Holy Book of the Sikhs- Guru Granth Sahib is kept, there was total silence. The devotees forgot all their troubles and tribulations of their everyday life and were able snatch some moments of peace as they stepped into Sanctum. The melodious Gurbani wafting through the air made the occasion even more special.

We bow to the Supreme Being

Devotee paying obeisance at the Sarovar

The Golden Temple of Taran Tarn

What stuck me the most is that not many people visit this Gurudwara since it is totally off the tourist circuit. Blessed with well- laid out pathway for walking, one can take all the time in the world to explore the temple.

What we did:

We stayed at Amritsar and drove down to Taran Tarn Sahib early in the morning. It is only a half an hour drive. From Taran Tarn, we left for Wagah and then to Golden Temple. All three spots can be covered in a day.

To Eat:

Amritsar is a paradise for foodies. We had breakfast at KH Sweets at Lawrence Road. Don’t miss Chole and puffed Puri. Never go back home if you have not had Gulab Jamun at KH!   Dinner was at Kesar Da Dhaba located near the Golden Temple. Black Dal is their USP. Burp!!


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