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Amritsar means Tank of Nectar

Long ago, the present city of Amritsar was dense forest with a pool in it. Several villages fringed the forest. Many legendary and mythological references are attached to this land. It is said that Lord Rama had fought a battle with his sons, Luv and Kush at this place in which whole of Lord Rama's army was destroyed. At that time a jug of nectar descended from heaven to restore the soldiers to life.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji

It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji referred to the coming up of an important temple and an important town at the site he blessed by his visit. The pool was enlarged and converted into regular tank by Guru Ram Das Ji (1574-1581), the fourth Master. He named it AMRIT-SAROVAR (The Pool of Nectar), the city that grew around the Tank also came to be known as Amritsar. Bhai Jetha, the future Guru Ram Das Ji (1574-1581), the fourth Master, was sent here by the third Master Guru Amar Das Ji(1552-74) to found a common center for commerce and worship. Guru Ram Das Ji laid the foundation of a village. It has grown largest city of the post partition Punjab. The village was formerly called Guru Ka Chak. It is popularly believed that the village was built on a site bought with 700 Akbri rupees. The excavation of Amrit-Sarovar was started by Guru Ram Das Ji in 1574. After the death of Guru Amar Das Ji, next year the work was abandoned. It was resumed two years later in 1576. The small village founded by Guru Ram Das Ji had by this time grown into a township. It come to be known as Chak Ram Das or Ramdaspur. The excavation of the tank was completed in 1589, during the pontificate of Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

Hari Mandir/Golden Temple

Guru Arjan Dev Ji built the Hari Mandir in the center of the tank. The temple was known as Hari Mandir. The foundation of the tank was laid on January, 1589 by the Muslim Saint Mian Mir, a friend and admirer of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and belonged to Lahore. The Mandir was completed in 1601 and the Adi Grantha was installed therein on August-September, 1604.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh tiger of Punjab around (1821) got the domes of the holy temple gold-plated and from then the temple became famous as the "Golden Temple".

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