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A Free Meal For Thousands At India's Golden Temple

India's Golden Temple, also known as the Harmandir Sahib, is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs. But so long as visitors wear bandanas and leave their shoes at the entrance, all are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal.

Photojournalist Kainaz Amaria recently visited the temple as part of NPR's journey along the Grand Trunk Road.

Located in Amristar — meaning "holy pool of nectar" — the temple has been around since the 15th century.

Every day, thousands from across the world gathered inside the Langar, or "free kitchen" for their communal meal. Regardless of caste, status or religion, they sit side-by-side in rows.

"It's an extraordinary scene," NPR reporter Phil Reeves explained on Morning Edition this morning. Hundreds of men, women and children coming together to peel vegetables, bake chapati and set out plates. Once they've finished their meal, together they clean.

Further proof that a good meal is a universal enjoyment.