- Gurdwara Guide
Dear Sadh Sangat Ji,
ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ
- Cover your head: Before entering the Gurdwara, both men and women are required to cover their heads as a sign of respect. Many Gurdwaras provide scarves or head coverings at the entrance, but you can also bring your own.
- Remove your shoes: It is customary to remove your shoes before entering the Gurdwara. There are usually designated areas or shoe racks for this purpose.
- Dress modestly: Wear modest and conservative clothing that covers your shoulders, chest, and legs. Avoid wearing revealing or provocative outfits as a sign of respect for the sacred space.
- Maintain cleanliness: Sikhs believe in the importance of cleanliness, so it is essential to wash your hands and feet before entering the main prayer hall. You may find washing facilities or hand sanitisers near the entrance.
- Maintain silence: Once inside the Gurdwara, maintain a quiet and respectful atmosphere. Avoid talking loudly or engaging in unnecessary conversations.
- Bow before the Guru Granth Sahib: The central focal point in the Gurdwara is the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru. When entering the main prayer hall, bow before the Guru Granth Sahib as a mark of reverence.
- Listen to the Kirtan and Ardas: Sikhs engage in devotional singing called Kirtan, which involves hymns and prayers. Sit quietly and respectfully listen to the Kirtan. Additionally, during the Ardas (prayer), stand up and join in by folding your hands.
- Langar (community kitchen): After the prayer service, many Gurdwaras offer Langar, a free community meal. Partake in the Langar as a way to experience Sikh hospitality and equality. Remember to sit on the floor, cross-legged, and eat in the designated Langar area.
- Photography and technology: It is generally considered inappropriate to take photographs or use electronic devices, such as smartphones, inside the main prayer hall (Darbar Hall).
- Respect religious practices and customs: Be respectful of Sikh religious practices and customs. Avoid touching the Guru Granth Sahib or any religious items unless instructed to do so. If you have any questions or are unsure about something, feel free to ask a Gurdwara staff member or a Sikh congregant for guidance.
- Alcohol, tobacco, and meat are strictly prohibited within the premises of a Sikh Gurdwara.
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