(12 yrs and below)
My trip to Golden Temple that taught me to be selfless
I wanted to visit the Golden Temple ever since I read about it in my history books. I
visited Amritsar with my family last summer.
We visited the temple in the evening to avoid the extreme heat. As we entered the
temple premises, I was awestruck by the beauty of the temple.
At around 8:30 pm, I asked my mother for food as I was hungry. My father then took
me to a big hall. A large number of people were sitting there in rows eating food. I
then realized that I was standing in the langar hall. I had read about it earlier.
I asked my father so many questions while waiting for our turn. He could answer
most of them but I wanted to know more. I went up to a middle-aged man who was
taking care of the services there. “What if there is no volunteer present to cook and
serve?”, I asked him curiously. He looked at me and smiled. “The langar is a 24
hours community kitchen, which serves free food to about 1 lac people every day.
There are always enough volunteers who help in cooking and serving the food.”, he
answered. “I am not a Sikh. Can I also eat here?”, I asked him hesitatingly. He
laughed and said, “We believe in serving people, not any particular community.”
I was amazed at the selflessness of the people. I told my father that I wanted to
volunteer as well. I went to the kitchen and helped in peeling the potatoes. I felt so
good about myself. I decided to take the volunteer in me back home. I promised
myself to help the needy as much as possible. Surprisingly, I enjoyed my food a lot
after making my contribution, no matter how little it was.
Nishi Jain is a student. She loves to travel and explore India. Nishi’s parents took her on a trip to Amritsar last summer which filled her life with some unforgettable memories for life.
Nishi likes dancing and reading in her spare time.
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Charity in thy Name
Ten bags of groceries have been distributed on behalf of Nishi amongst the migrant workers
stranded in Bangalore due to the COVID-19 lockdown.