On 24th November 2017, the Golden Temple has been awarded the ‘most visited place of the world’ by ‘World Book of Records’ (WBR), a London-based organisation that catalogues and verifies world records.
Golden Temple – most visited place of the world:
General secretary of WBR India chapter, Surbhi Kaul, and president of WBR Punjab chapter, Randeep Singh Kohli, gave this award to Shriomani Gurdwara Pharbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief secretary Roop Singh and other senior officials at Teja Singh Samundari Hall, Amritsar.
- Surbhi Kaul said the WBR organisation gives the award after every three months and the Golden Temple has been conferred this award on the basis of observations made from September 2017 onwards.
- Randeep Singh Kohli said they are planning to give these awards to Durgiana Temple at Amritsar and Attari-Wagah border, which also witnesse a huge footfall.
- The SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh said though the shrine has been hugely popular ever since its foundation, the footfall has increased since the live telecast of gurbani kirtan.
- He said on average more than one lakh devotees visit the shrine every day. He honoured the WBR team with ‘siropas’ and a model of the Golden Temple.
About Golden Temple:
- The holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism
- Location – Amritsar, Punjab
- Construction Completed – 1589
- Also known as – Darbar Sahib, Sri Harmandir Sahib