It’s gold, and it’s glorious. One of the most visited places in the world, the Harmandir Sahib is the chief place of worship for the Sikh faith, and millions make pilgrimages to this sacred shrine in Amritsar, India, every month.
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All are welcome to worship here—men and women, from all walks of life find solace within its walls. In addition to feeding spirits, the temple’s kitchen—one of the largest in the world—feeds visitors, making and serving 100,000 free meals a day.
The huge size of the rooms, cooking vats, mounds of food, plus the numbers of people prepping, cooking, and cleaning is a site to behold. It’s virtually a small army at work, and many of them are volunteers.
The metal plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery are all washed by a small army, too. A total of about 500 employees and 250 volunteers work in the kitchen at a time. Volunteers are allowed to do everything except the cooking.The temple looks particularly arresting at night when its imposing pure gold dome is illuminated.