Durgiana Tirath, Amritsar
Durgiana Tirath, an Important religious pilgrimage of the Hindus is in the North India. It is situated in the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab State. It is few yards away from Amritsar Railway Station & about 1.5 Km from the Bus Stand. Shree Durgiana Mandir in Amritsar is a focal point of faith for the Hindus. Pilgrims flock to this temple not only from India but also from abroad. Over the years, it has become an epicenter of Hindu renaissance and rejuvenation. The complex is popularly known as the Durgiana derives its name from the Goddess Durga. This connection with Goddess Durga has a socio cultural references as Goddess Durga is normally invoked for protection and health while the soldiers go to war. Placed strategically in the middle of the city, the mandir is very easily approachable by Rail, Road & Air. The sacred city of the Amritsar which was founded by the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Dass ji has come to assume a special significance in Hindu cosmology because of various mythical and historical connections. Amritsar is particularly nearer and dearer to Hindus as it is believed that the Lov-Kush along with their mother Mata Sita spent their early childhood in the ashram of Bhagwan Maharishi Balmiki ji in the land of Amritsar.
The foundation stone of the premises of Durgiana ‘sarovar’ was laid on January 4, 1921. The foundation ceremony of Durgiana Mandir was performed in February 1921 on the auspicious occasion of ‘basant’ festival. The then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, gave a grant of Rs 1 crore from his discretionary funds for face-lifting of the shrine. Designed on the lines of Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple is a revered place for Hindus. It is located outside the Lohgarh Gate. The Temple stands amidst a tank and has a dome. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya laid its foundation stone. The Temple is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and Narayan is a Hindu Deity known as Lord Vishnu – the preserver of universe.Inside the temple are images of the Mother Goddess in her various forms, many of them done in mosaics made from pieces of colored tile. This temple was built quite recently, but the site is much older.
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