New lights are on! Golden Temple hi-tech illumination project nears completion
The high-technology illumination project for the Golden Temple complex is set for completion in another month, but some of it is already operational, bedazzling visitors.
The illumination by digitally-controlled, multi-coloured LED lights is already complete on the top floor of the parikarma, Darshani Deodhi, entry gates, and the Ramgarhia bunga. The sanctum sanctorum has also been covered, and now installation is on in parts of the parikarma and a couple of other buildings.It replaces the older bulbs and other lights.
The project, at Sikhism’s central shrine, is projected to cost Rs 11 crore, said Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief secretary Harcharan Singh, adding, “It will give a fillip to the look of the entire premises and be a great attraction for the pilgrims. We hope for it to be complete in a month.”
The Golden Temple is illuminated especially on festivals. The new lighting will be a permanent feature.
The new technology will make it possible to change the colours and effects of the lights with the click of a button, said Harcharan. “These lights will reflect the grandeur of the gold-plated, dome-shaped sanctum sanctorum onto the sarovar (pond) at night, and that of the entire complex on to the marble flooring.”