Golden Temple, Amritsar

Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, India, is the supreme shrine in Sikhism.  Kept within the temple is the Sikh Holy Scripture.

In 1984, the temple complex was the site of a bloody battle between Indian soldiers and Sikh militants hiding inside.  The desecration of the shrine and the deaths of many civilians caused great anger amongst the Sikh community, leading to the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.  Hundreds of Sikhs lost their lives in revenge killings in the days that followed Gandhi’s death.

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