From Kashi House con The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959)
Experience the majesty and serenity of the Sikhs' most holy shrine in this unique and beautifully illustrated volume.
Visited by millions of pilgrims and tourists every year, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. From its origins in the 16th century until now, it has come to symbolise the epitome of Sikh architecture as well as the undying love of its devotees. This unique volume explores the temple's golden era of peace, prosperity and patronage and captures the richness and unique nature of the Sikh cultural inheritance.
Drawing on 500 of the finest and rarest images from collections in Europe, India and North America, this stunning book celebrates the history and exquisite artistry of the Golden Temple as seen through the eyes of artists and photographers over the years captivated by its sublime splendour.
The illustrations are accompanied by 70 fascinating eyewitness accounts recorded by spies, diplomats, memsahibs, missionaries and travellers; alongside their impressions of the customs and manners of Amritsar s inhabitants - from warrior-priests and pilgrims to maharajas and noblemen - they vividly portray the architectural magnificence of the fabled temple and the city s majestic palaces, luscious gardens, imposing gateways and bustling streets.
More than just a richly illustrated history, this book offers an unrivalled experience of a time that has vanished forever. It serves as a fitting tribute to an enduring monument of universal spirituality and timeless beauty.
"A stunning book that will bring a lifetime of illumination and pleasure. Something you will buy for your friends, and then your friends will buy for their friends in turn...It's the perfect gift." ----Sathnam Sanghera (award-winning journalist and author)
"Unarguably the most comprehensive, the most fascinating and the most lovingly compiled record of the change during some of the most febrile times in Sikh history....A remarkable achievement indeed." --Hardeep Singh Kohli (The Times, 14 July 2011) --http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/visualarts/article3093214.ece
"Once again Kashi House have produced a feast of a book." --Professor Eleanor Nesbitt (University of Warwick, author of Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction)
From the Publisher
Experience the majesty and serenity of the Sikhs' most holy shrine in this unique and beautifully illustrated volume
From the Author
This book is intended as a lifelong companion, a way of journeying back into the history of Amritsar through the centuries, helping to connect the reader with the epicentre of Sikh spirituality wherever they may be.
Parmjit Singh (co-editor)