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Katy Daigle

Golden Temple dulled by pollution

AMRITSAR, India—The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.

There is little to be done short of replacing the 430-year-old temple’s gold-plated walls—an expensive project already undertaken more than a century ago and then again in 1999.