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Revealed: The Golden Temple History is being made at the Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, in northern India. This ancient shrine is more widely known as the Golden Temple, the spiritual center of Sikhism, the world's fifth largest religion. Revealed: The Golden Temple Midnight at the Sri Harmandir Sahib: a transformation is taking place. This is the inner sanctum of Sikhism's world leader. For 400 years, this chamber has witnessed the daily ritual of renewal that provides the spiritual centerpiece for the lives of almost 30 million people. Here are very few who have witnessed the full ritual. This is the first time it has been filmed. After a dry cleaning called Sukhi Sewa, a select group of Sikhs begins streaming in. Only baptised or Amritdhari Sikhs are allowed in this precinct. They all perform the Snan Sewa. They wash every inch of the sanctum with milk and water to purify it. Then, at 3 a.m., the cleaning ritual is complete. The stage is reset for the arrival of the Guru, Sikhism's spiritual leader. The Guru's minister, Granthi Maan Singh, heads to the official chambers in the nearby Akal Takht building to rouse the Guru. This is the daily Prakash, or awakening ceremony, which marks the Guru's first entry into the day. But the Guru is no typical religious leader. Monotheistic Sikh belief centers on the concept of Waheguru, also known as Akal Purakh, a supreme being that's timeless, formless, omniscient and omnipresent. The Guru is the supreme being's messenger on earth, a position handed down since Sikhism's founding in 1499, when Guru Nanak Dev first began sharing his teachings of the history's great religious thought on which Sikhism is built. But the 10th Guru, Gobind Singh, changed tradition forever. In his final act, Guru Gobind Singh declared that, unlike any other world religion, Sikhism's 11th Guru and highest spiritual authority would not be a human. Instead, the 11th Guru would be a holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Every day since, it is the holy book that has announced the Hukamnama, the order of the day, to be followed by Sikhs across the world. Read aloud by the Granthi, the order reaches out beyond the temple's walls and travels across the globe. We believe Hukumnama is the Guru's message, the edict of the day. It's not just the order of one particular day but the order of life itself. Ever since, Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, has provided a spiritual focus for followers of Sikhism around the world. All I have is Waheguru's (the Almighty) name, the one I look up to. There is something coming from the sky and it's for everyone. There is nothing like Hindu, Muslim or Sikh. It's universal. But inside the Golden Temple, everything and everyone revolves around the holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Its words percolate through the complex throughout the day, through the voices of Granthis. As millions make the pilgrimage to Amritsar's Golden Temple, behind the scenes ancient and modern come together to keep the faith alive. Narinder Singh Banarasi comes from an ancient lineage of traditional Ragis, whose musical ancestry goes back 300 years. His ancestors sang Gurbani Kirtan, divine hymns in the court of the 10th Guru, Gobind Singh. He sees no contradiction in using the latest technology to sustain the ancient traditions. Before I sing these compositions, I like to refresh them in my mind so that there are no mistakes while singing. This has a software that contains all the hymns of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It's almost as if Sikhism anticipated today's communication technology. The holy scripture is composed entirely to music. Played almost around the clock here, the hymns of Gurbani Kirtan are intended to indulge both soul and senses. The effect induces a physical reaction, leading to a deep spiritual experience. The Sri Harmandir Sahib in northern India must confront a hard practical reality that comes with the broad appeal of the welcoming Sikh faith. On any given day, between 80,000 and 200,000 visitors descent to the temple for holy communion. Langar, or free kitchen, is a concept started in the 1500s by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev. He dismantled social barriers by insisting everyone eat, cook and serve food together, irrespective of caste, creed, gender or religion. Today Langar provides a striking example of the power of Sewa. Then, as the day began, so it ends. It is 10.00 pm, inside the sanctum it is the holy hour of Sukhasan, the Guru Granth Sahib conveys its final message of the day. Then it's time for the Guru to return to its chamber in the Akal Takht. Devotees collect along the Guru's route: on special occasions bring rose water and perfume as a mark of respect for the Guru. The holy text is installed in its chambers by the Granthi. But as one day draws to a close, another approaches. The Guru is eternal, and soon the Golden Temple must be ready for another day in the Guru's eternal journey. And so the ritual of renewal begins all over, once more.

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Revealed_ The Golden Temple (shorter version)

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