The construction of Harmandir Sahib was meant to create an area of worship for men and girls from all walks of life and every one religions to come back and worship God equally. Accordingly, as a gesture of this non-sectarian universalness of Sikhism, Guru Arjan had specially invited Muslim Sufi Saint, Sai Mian Mir to lay the muse stone of the Harmandir Sahib. The four entrances (representing the four directions) to get into the Harmandir Sahib conjointly symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all folks and religions. Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship, and also partake together in the free community room and meal (Langar) notwithstanding any distinctions, a tradition that's a trademark of all Sikh Gurudwaras.
The present-day gurdwara was restored in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the facilitate of alternative Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the geographic region region from outside attack and lined the higher floors of the gurdwara with gold, which offers it its distinctive look and its English name.