Gurdwara Essay

691 Words May 17th, 2009 3 Pages
Description: Gurdwara is a white building with many lights and lots of windows. Outside in the front yard there is a tall poll with Sikh symbol. The Gurdwara is surrounded by three acres of land. The interior of the Gurdwara is very elegant. As you enter through the main door, you will gaze upon a picture of the The Golden Temple (Gurdwara) in Amritsar, India, before walking into the main hall. The main hall is big enough to hold up four to five hundred people. Once you enter the main hall you will see where the Guru sits with holy book called Guru Granth Sahib. The main hall has red carpet with white sheets covering the carpet. The main hall is decorated with many pictures. There is a stage in the middle of the hall which can be accessed …show more content…
My visit: When I visited the Gurdwara, they were having a regular worship service. The service lasted for about two hours. Their main days of services are usually on Friday nights and Sunday early mornings similar to Christian Church. On Fridays, their service starts around eight o’clock and it was followed by the Langar (dinner) around nine o’clock. On Sundays, the service starts at eight o’clock in the morning and it is followed by the Langar (lunch) for everyone around twelve o’clock. The Langar symbolizes that every individual is equal because all the Sikhs sit on the floor cross-legged next to each other when the food is being served after the service. When I walked into the Gurdwara, I had to take my shoes off because everyone is required to take off their shoes. Another unusual thing a person will discover is that ladies are required to cover their heads with either a scarf or a bandana during the service, and the gentlemen are required to have a turban on their heads. When you visit a Gurdwara, you must keep in mind that you are not allowed to wear any kind of hats or hooded clothes on your head. The women and men are seated on different sides of the room, separated in the middle by a pathway that leads to the Guru Granth Sahib. People usually walk in slowly when they first enter the Darbar Sahib Hall (prayer hall). They stand in front of the Holy Scriptures; saying few silent prayers, donating some coins and then bow down before the Guru Granth

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