Gurdwara

The Gurdwara is the name for a Sikh place of worship (Sikh Temple). Literally translated it means the “House of God” or the “Doorway to God”

The Sikh religious service takes place in a gurdwara and follows the traditions started by Guru Nanak (the 1st Guru) to promote equality and alleviate suffering.

It has 3 components:

  1. Sangat: Community prayer through readings from the Guru Granth Sahib and singing of hymns (Kirtan).
  2. Pangat: A sense of equality with everyone seated on the ground – at the same level.
  3. Langar: Free community vegetarian meal for all.

The Protocol to be observed in the Gurdwara is:

  • Absolutely not under any influence of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • Heads must be covered at all times
  • Shoes removed in the shoe area upon entry
  • Everyone sits on the floor
  • All are WELCOME

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