Durgiana Temple, Amritsar, Punjab
|Date built:||Built in 1921|
|Major festivals||Dussehra, Janmashtami, and Rama Navami and Diwali|
The Durgiana Temple also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath and Sitla Mandir, is a premier temple situated in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.Though a Hindu temple, its architecture is similar to the Golden Temple.This temple derives its name from the Goddess Durga, the chief Goddess deified and worshipped here. Idols of Goddess Laksmi(goddess of wealth) and Vishnu (the protector of the world) are also deified here and worshipped.
The temple is built in the middle of a sacred lake, which measures 160 metres (520 ft) x 130 metres (430 ft). Its dome and canopiesare similar to that of the Golden temple of Sikh religion, also located in Amritsar. A bridge provides the approach to the temple.The dome of the temple is gilded. Marble is used extensively in the temple’s features.The dome is illuminated with colourful lights. The temple is sometimes called Silver temple because of its large exquisitely designed silver doors.It has a rich collection of Hindu scriptures.The temple complex also has some historic subsidiary temples such as Sita Mata and Bara Hanuman.
Legend / Local stories
It was built in 1921 by Guru Harsai Mal Kapoor in the architectural style of the Sikh Golden Temple.The newly built temple was inaugurated by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya.
Even though Amritsar is not declared a Holy city, restrictions are in force prohibiting sale of tobacco, liquor and meat within a radius of 200 metres (660 ft) around this temple and the Golden Temple.
How to Reach:
The temple is situated near the Lohgarh gate, in Amritsar, in the Indian state of Punjab . It is very close to the Amritsar Railway station, and is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the bus station. Amritsar is well connected by road, rail and air services with the rest of the country.Flights to Delhi operate from the Raja Sansi Airport, which is 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the north west of Amritsar. There are direct rail links to Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai.The National Highway No. 1 (India) connects Delhi to Amritsar.