On 23rd October the state government of Punjab showcased the plaza at the main entrance of Golden Temple in Amritsar which has been developed at an overall cost of Rs 250 crore.
A facelift to the stretch from the historic Town Hall to Golden Temple has been given by the state government with beautification of roads and recreation of the facades of 170 buildings surrounding Darbar Sahib.
The “first-of-its-kind in the country”, galleries have been created as a part of this project. These would convey the story of the Sikh religion and its humanitarian philosophy to the visitors in a comprehensive manner, using latest state-of-the-art technologies. The galleries will narrate the story of the birth and establishment of Sikhism from the time of Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh.
In front of Jallianwala Bagh, a rock structure has been erected which will be lit with an eternal flame of our freedom struggle. Under the project, almost 170 buildings on Heritage Street, surrounding Harmandir Sahib, have been given a facelift. The development of the road beautifully displays the art and heritage of Punjab.
Another addition is the model of Parliament House, along with a BR Ambedkar’s statue, grabbing the status of a “one-of-its-kind in the country”.
A multi-level stone fountain with beautiful artwork depicting the Sikh religion during the Maharaja’s era has too been constructed from scratch. Parallelly, an LED screen has been installed on the street at Saragarhi Parking, which will screen the ‘gurbani’ recital from Harmandir Sahib to the people for an hour daily.
The main feature is the state of the art entrance which has been conceived as a domed structure supported on four cusped arches resting on four piers in each corner, imitating the structure of the Harmandir Sahib. In fact, the domed gateway structure has been painted in a golden metallic colour to relate to the international image of Harmandir Sahib as ‘Golden Temple’.
These architectural wonders hold the potential to turn the holy city of Amritsar into the most popular tourist destination in Punjab.