Harmandir is like a lighthouse, which has been guiding manking on
to the path of truth for the past 400 years. It has helped in the
breaking of the bondages and barriers, which divide mankind, and
provided shelter to the forlorn and a smile to the bereaved.
faith emphasizes simple and good living. The Golden Temple was
built with doors in four directions. It was to signify that everyone
irrespective of his or her origin and status is acceptable. There
is no discrimination against anyone. Also, topographically, it
is built at a level lower than the surrounding. Likewise, a Sikh
is expected to be humble. The Sikh institution of langar (free
community kitchen) is to share food with the needy. Every Sikh
Gurdwara (temple) runs langar, which is open to all. This tradition
has been in effect from the time of Guru Nanak, over 500 years
ago. Nearly 70,000 people are fed daily by volunteers working
round the clock in the Golden Temple complex. On weekends it is
many times more.