Visitors Information

What you need to know before you visit the Gurdwara

Anyone is welcome to worship in a Gurdwara regardless of caste, color, or creed. A specific protocol exists for the Gurdwara. Cleanliness is essential. If you are thinking of visiting a Gurdwara, here are some things to keep in mind

The place where Sikhs gather to worship is called a Gurdwara and literally means the guru’s door. A gurdwara meeting place has no specific design. It can be a bare, clean, simple room or an elaborate building, such as the Golden Temple with its marble floors, gilded frescos, and ornate domes. Gurdwaras may be surrounded by fountains, or have a moat used by pilgrims for bathing. There might be a flag marked with the emblem of the Sikh coat of arms. The one necessary feature is the installation of Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scripture.

Gurudwara Rules & Guidelines

In the interest of upholding respect for Guru Granth Sahib ji and maintaining a peaceful and a pleasant environment for the visitors of Gurudwara Sahib, all persons entering the Gurudwara Sahib are required to abide by the following Guidelines. We thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines and making the visit to Gurudwara premises a pleasant experience for all.

Remove your shoes and wash your hands

Please remove your shoes and store them on the racks provided in the shoes room before entering the gurudwara building. Separate footwear are to be worn in the washrooms which are provided near the washroom doors. Please wash your hands in the hand washing facility provided.

Dress Appropriately

Please dress appropriately to be able to sit comfortably on the floor in the Darbar Hall and Langar Hall. Low hanging trousers, shorts, short skirts, short tops and similar clothing are not appropriate. Please do not wear clothing which may be offensive to other attendees.

Cover your head

You must cover your head when entering the Gurudwara building. Hats and Caps are not allowed. Patkas and Scarfs are available in the shoes room if you need them.

Strictly prohibited in the Gurudwara premises

Alcohol (Presence or Consumption. Tobacco and Smoking. Meat or Meat Products.

In the Darbar Hall

Mobile phones are to be switched off or in Silent mode. After “Metha Tek” (Bowing before Guru Granth Sahib ji), please sit on the floor in the sitting area facing the Guru Granth Sahib ji. Please avoid all unnecessary talk and movement. Please receive the “Karah Parshad” with hands, and please request for a lesser amount that you can consume to avoid any wastage. The area behind the Guru Granth Sahib ji is for persons performing the duties. Parents are requested to kindly mind the children in the Darbar hall to ensure a peaceful environment for the Sangat.

In the Langar Hall and Kitchen

Please assist in reducing wastage of food, water, electricity, gas and other resources. Do not waste food. Please request less for children. Follow guidelines for returning of used plates and washing hands. All Sewa in the Kitchen and Langar hall is supervised by the Langar sewadar and the Committee members. You are welcome to assist in the preparation of Langar, Serving, Cleaning up of premises and washing of dishes and utensils. Please wash your hands before commencing any sewa in the Langar hall or in the Kitchen. Packing of Langar for home please confirm with Langar sewadar to ensure that there is enough Langar for the Sangat in Gurudwara.

Other important guidelines

Please do not interfere with the duties being performed by the Granthi ji, assistant Granthi ji, and the Committee Members. All announcements in the Gurudwara premises are made under the directions of the Management Committee. Please do not use the microphone for making any public announcements without the Committee approval. Please do not display or distribution of information or sale of merchandise (e.g., Books, CD’s etc) to the Sangat require prior Committee approval.

Information & FAQ’s

What is a Gurdwara? 

A Gurdwara is a Sikh House of Worship. It is the key institution for the Sikh Community where congregations take place but community and civic matters are also discussed.

Who can enter the Gurdwara?

Everyone. All persons are welcome and equal in the Gurdwara.

What is the proper etiquette when visiting the Gurdwara?

All visitors must remove their shoes and cover their heads with as a sign of respect. If you do not have a kerchief or a scarf, a head-covering is usually found near the entrance to the Prayer Hall.

Voluntary donations can also be placed in the box in front of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Scriptures). Non-sikhs are not compelled to bow or offer a donation and may discreetly enter and join the congregation.

What is at the center of the Prayer Hall?

Guru Granth Sahib is placed at the center of the Prayer Hall. Guru Granth is revered as the Living Word of God and accorded the respect of a Monarch. Guru Granth Sahib is placed on a raised platform under a canopy. A chaur/whish is also waived as a sign of respect and royalty. All Sikhs enter and bow to Guru Granth Sahib in order to show their acceptance and submission to the message of the Gurus.

What to expect in a prayer service?

As there is no clergy in the Sikh Faith, any initiated Sikh person can lead the congregation. Ceremonial Readers of the Guru Granth Sahib (called Granthis) or Hymn Singers (called Ragis) recite verses (Hymns). After the prayer service, everyone proceeds to have a vegetarian meal in the Langar Hall (community kitchen).

How can I donate? 

If you visiting the Gurdwara, please donate in the Prayer Hall. You can also make a donation thru the Treasurer (in the Prayer Hall). We also accept donations online. Please see the link on the top right corner of the website.

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