How to Behave in a Gurdwara

A Gurdwara is a Sikh temple or place of worship. It means 'Gate.' The very name in itself sounds welcoming.

Steps

  1. 1
    Take your shoes off and wash your hands
  2. 2
    Cover your head using a scarf. Most Gurdwaras provide scarves and handkerchiefs for this purpose if you did not bring one
  3. 3
    Bow before the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture), upon entering the Gurdwara
  4. 4
    Sit among the congregation and listen to the prayers and hymns
  5. 5
    Find food set aside for both congregation and guests alike. This is called Langar. Sit down with everybody and enjoy the meal. The purpose of Langar is to put the teaching of equality into practice and to serve humanity by allowing everyone to sit together and share in a meal
  6. 6
    Leave aside any grudges or negative thoughts toward others. Everyone is a welcome guest at a Gurdwara regardless of religion, gender, colour, caste or class

Tips

  • You will see Sikhs offer some money or food supplies in front of the Guru Granth Sahib as they bow before it. This is for the maintenance of the Gurdwara, to make the food for the Langar (free kitchen) and for charitable purposes. If you wish to you may also offer some money for these purposes.

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