An imitation of Sri Harmandir Sahib


ddit(h)ae sabhae thhaav nehee thudhh jaehiaa
I have seen all places, but none can compare to You.
– Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1362

Recently, I was playing around with GoogleEarth which allows you to zoom into any aerial view on the face of this planet. I was particularly drawn towards a landmark within the vicinity of the Harmandir Sahib when I zoomed into Amritsar. I have since learnt that the landmark that resembles the Harmandir Sahib is a Hindu place of pilgrimage – the Durgiana Mandir, built in the exact plan of the Sikhs’ Harmandir Sahib. Take a look at this screenshot of the image from GoogleEarth:


From the above aerial view, the Harmandir Sahib of the Sikhs can be seen clearly at the bottom of the picture, while the Durgiana Mandir of the Hindus can be seen at the top left hand corner. The design of the Harmandir Sahib has inspired the the exact duplicate for the Hindu Durgiana Mandir.

Not only is the design similar, the Mandir also has a sarovar, parkarma and a causeway leading the devotee into the temple – exactly how the Harmandir Sahib is designed in the 16th Century (circa 1570s) by Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs. The Durgiana Mandir was built in 1920s by Hindu devotees of thir deity, Durga, while Harmandir Sahib was built by the Sikh Gurus themselves and in worship of One Akaal Purakh (God).



The history of Harmandir Sahib is filled with devotion and shaheedi and has taken centuries to give the world what we see today – a living image of peace, devotion and remembrance of God, no matter what religion one comes from. It will be interesting to see if that can be replicated even over the next few centuries.

ddit(h)aa sabh sa(n)saar sukh n naam bin
I have seen the whole world – without the Lord’s Name, there is no peace at all.
– Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 322





  1. Mr Singh said,

    July 4, 2006 at 10:40 am

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji is Sach Khand on Earth. There is no equivalent and there never will be.

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

  2. Navjit Kaur said,

    July 4, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
    Astonishing, very much identical, thank you for sharing the wonderful detection with us.
    The magnificence of Harmander sahib is excellent, out of this world

  3. Mohinder singh said,

    July 5, 2006 at 3:04 am

    I have visited the above mentioned Mandir after visiting Harmander Sahib. The Mandir may have the same architecture but definitely lacked the spirit. The connection to the WaheGuru you feel in Darbar sahib is not replicated in the Mandir. They also donot have the open doors in all directions to welcome those lower on the caste rungs!! Making Mandirs without true ideals cannot lead to peace.

    I personally found the attempt to copy and take the shine away from harminder sahib little disgusting.

  4. J. Bansal said,

    July 5, 2006 at 7:50 am

    SSA all,

    I heard a story from and elder once dont know if it is true. They said that a rich hindu man was doing ishnaan at Sri Harmandir Sahib and afterwards was “nachor-ding” or squeezing the water from his clothes back into the amrit sarovar. One of the Darbar Sahib attendees stoped him and told him not to put the dirty water back into the pavitar sarovar. This man apparently took offense and said he will challange that rule and build his own temple. Thus came to be the Durgiana Temple. NOT SURE IF THIS IS TRUE –


    It is interseting to compare these two places of worship one thing that stands out is the architecture. Hindu Mandir architect is unique and is not replicated by any other religion HOWEVER the Durgiana Temple is distinctly designed in accordance with Sikh architecture, so it just adds to the above story that this mandir though a place of worship, stands to be a place built out of spite.

    Pul Chuk Maaf,
    Gur Fateh!

  5. Singh said,

    July 13, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    when the Durgian Mandir was built, its sarovar was needed to be filled. On the first attempt on filling the sarovar, it became infested with insects (keerheh), so the water was removed, but next when the sarovar was filled, some water had been brought from a hindu shrine and added to the sarovar, but again the sarovar became infested. Once again it was emptied, and the third time, the pandits were told by a wise sadhu that the only way the sarovar was going to be rid of this problem is if the Amrit of the Saovar of Sri Darbar Sahib was used. The sarovar was filled and the the Amrit from Sri Darbar Sahib was added. There after Durgian Mandir’s Sarovar has never became infested with insects

  6. taran said,

    July 14, 2006 at 2:58 am

    Well Hindu can imitate our Holy palce but they can’t imitate the khalsa. A true Durgiana Temple mandir would have been near a replica of Darbar sahionly if they had the guts to get the foundation stone laid by a muslim holy man .They can mimick or past and crush our present but let me remind them the future is always of Khalsa .

    • November 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Hindus don’t have the balls to crush our present. Their entire religion is fraud. They r just pathetic losers.

      • Anonymous said,

        February 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

        Then the parents of your gurus are also fraud as they were Hindus. If Sikhs hate hindus so much why didn’t they live with muslims in paki Punjab.

  7. Anonymous said,

    December 22, 2013 at 3:43 am


  8. Anonymous said,

    December 22, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Sanatan Dharm ki jai

  9. HKaur said,

    January 21, 2014 at 1:45 am

    The first time I heard this was a few years ago and I also did some research because it just seemed so unbelievable that someone would try to copy such a holy place. Why not build your own temple in your own style. It actually shows that whoever built this temple didn’t have good intentions. There are some beautiful Hindu temples in India with a lot of historical value because they are not copies of any other holy place. Whoever came up with this copy concept has to be immature.

  10. Cantona said,

    September 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

    how can you not copy a house of GOD ? For surely they are the same! What do they say about man’s ego ? And about laying a foundation stone, why don’t you lay one down yourself. I am neither a hindu or Muslim etc etc who said that and who has learned or adhered to what ? Life may be one competition but your own state of spiritual mind does not afford you this plastic bubble! Hypocritical hyperbole. You pathetic excuses for religious purity. Get a life and do some charity, shut your noise and be very afraid of judgement day. Let him without sin cast the first stone!!! GOD BLESS us all

  11. Surinder Bajwa said,

    February 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    it should be demolished and recreated in the south india style or swami naryan style they are trying to challenge darbar sahib

  12. manitoba0101 said,

    January 17, 2018 at 8:00 am

    personally I feel very angry why Sikhs leaders did not say anything while the direct copy was made

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