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What to do when visiting a Gurudwara/GuruGhar
- Please dress appropriately so that you can comfortably sit on the carpeted floor. (A few chairs are available for visitors who have difficulty sitting on the floor due to old age or other medical conditions).
- All visitors entering the Main Prayer Hall, called the Darbar Sahib will have to remove their shoes and place them in the shoe racks provided.
- Men and women sit on separate sides.
- Strictly No Smoking is allowed in the vicinity of the Gurdwara premises. Visitors cannot enter the Gurdwara while under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs.
- All visitors MUST cover their heads while in the main Gurdwara areas. Head covering is available in the Gurdwara near the front door. Hats and baseball-style caps are not appropriate
- On first entering the large prayer room (called the Darbar Sahib), a small bow to the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book) shows respect to the host community. Backs should not be turned on the Guru Granth Sahib or the soles of the feet pointed towards the Sikh holy book when sitting on the carpet. It is normal to sit cross-legged yoga style.
- Visitors will usually be offered Kara Parshad (sweet flour and butter based food offered as a gift) in the worship hall, which is usually given in cupped hands and eaten with the right hand. If you are uncertain about your ability to eat a lot of this food – Say “very small portion” to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Kara Parshad.
- You may be offered Langar (vegetarian food from the communal kitchen – see below). If not too certain about consuming this food you can ask to be excused although most people should take Langar as it is regarded as a blessing by the Guru. When being served Langar, it is better to ask for less rather than take too much and waste the food. Say “very little” to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Langar. If you require more later, just wait for the Sewadar to come around or please ask.
The institution of the Sikh Langar, or free kitchen, was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, color, creed, age, gender or social status, a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India where Sikhism began. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind.
Everyone is welcome to share a vegetarian Langar (lunch) with us every Sunday after Diwan. List of suggested ingredients for Sunday Langar is available here. To contact the Langar Coordinator, please click here.
The congregation of the Gurudwara Sikh Sangat believes in giving back to their community. Towards that end, we host several projects throughout the year, including making blankets for the homeless, collecting supplies for cancer patients, collecting cans for the food bank, and more recently, the Sikh Sack Lunch Project. Please Contact Us if you would like to participate or support us.
You can hear daily Hukumnama and Shabad Gurbani directly from Sri Harminder Sahib, courtesy of Sikhnet Radio.