A Gurdwara, meaning “the doorway to God,” is the Sikh place of worship. The gurdwara also houses the Guru Granth Sahib (a compilation of teachings and philosophies from previous Sikh Gurus). People of all religious backgrounds or of no religious faith are welcomed into a Sikh Gurdwara. Every Sunday, after the program has concluded, free food is provided for all (Langar)
If you have not previously visited a Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, please take note of the following:
- Please dress appropriately so that you can comfortably and with decency sit on the carpeted floor. It is recommended to wear loose fitting clothing which covers most of your legs.
- While entering the main Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib or Darbar Hall), all visitors will have to remove their shoes and place them in the shoe racks provided.
- Visitors cannot enter the Gurdwara while under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs. You should not take cigarettes or tobacco or smoke while in the Gurdwara or soon before going into the Gurdwara.
- All visitors will need to cover their heads while in the Darbar Hall and Dining Hall (Langar Hall) inside the Gurdwara
- Head coverings are available for those who do not bring one, however it is recommended that you bring one of your own choosing
- Hats are not an appropriate method of covering your head while in the Gurdwara, please refrain from doing so
- Visitors and guests at the gurdwara sit on the carpeted floor, chairs are not used, except for people with restricted mobility.
- Towards the end of the program, you will be offered kara parshad (dessert like food made with flour, sugar, oil, and butter)
- After the program has concluded, you will be offered Langar (free food from the communal kitchen).