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Amritsar, meaning: The Lake of the Holy Nectar, is the administrative headquarters
of the Amritsar District in the state of Punjab, India.
The 2001 Indian census reported the population of the city to be over 1,500,000,
and that of the entire district to number just over 3,695,077.
Amritsar is located in the northwest part of India in the State of Punjab,
32 miles (51 km) east of Lahore, Pakistan.
Some have taken the name Amritsar to derive from Amr,it-saagar,
meaning "The Ocean of the Nectar of Immortality".
It is home to the Harimandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple,
and is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion.
This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal in Agra
and is the number one destination for non-resident Indians (NRI) in the whole of India.
The main commercial activities include tourism, carpets and fabrics, farm produce,
handicrafts, service trades and light engineering.
The city is popular and known for its food and culture.
Amritsar is also home to Pingalwara, the home for the destitute founded by
Bhagat Puran Singh, and Central Khalsa Orphanage, which was once a
home to Shaheed Udham Singh, a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement.
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