India is a land of many people, many faiths. Here, not only do we have beautiful people, they make the world prettier with festivals that come in myriad colours and shimmering lights.
One such festival is Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first Sikh Guru. The sight of thousands of devotees celebrating Gurpurab at the stunning 450-year old Gurdwara Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Golden Temple, Amritsar brings joy like none other. People offering prayers, taking a holy dip in the sarovar (the holy pond), children lighting lamps and magnificent fireworks in the sky, are a delight to watch.
Two young photographers from the Delhi University Photography Club (DUPC) travelled to Amritsar, carrying with them Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus smartphones, to capture the beauty of this festival, as part of our on-going series #IndiaOnGalaxy.
Take a look at the stunning visuals our DU friends, Ammar and Aryan, have captured, and get wowed.
6.00am: The early morning Sun shines bright over The Golden Temple. A local vendor all set to sell ‘Patkas’, cloth pieces used to cover the head while one enters the Golden temple
7.00am: Everything is a little extra colourful when it’s festival time. Devotees from all over the country start flocking to the periphery of Golden temple. Here are Sikh men in colourful turbans waiting to visit the shrine
8.00am: The serenity of the sarovar combined with the grandiose of the temple is maintained by cleaning the Sarovar every morning
11.00am: Colours of the azure Sky come out vibrant and clear on the Galaxy S10 plus. Between the sky and the lens, the decoration of shining frills give a flavor of festivity
Langar: A community kitchen serves wholesome meals to all visitors
4.00pm: The sun makes way for the clouds to add new colours to the Temple, which is a collection of buildings around the sanctum and the Sarovar. The Golden Shrine is called Harminder Sahib and the White Shrine with Golden top is called Akal Takht
6.00pm: Devotees get together to marvel at the decked up temple where all the rituals and prayers will take place
7.00pm: Two young Sikh devotees through the festive lens. They are lighting the lamps to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji
A reflection of celebrations on the Sarovar
Children light lamps at the Golden Temple Sarovar. Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship
Capturing the loveliness and grandeur of the Golden shrine from the main gate
Passing on the tradition of kindness and love
(Photo Credit: Ammar and Aryan Bhatia, Delhi University Photography Club)