Visiting a Gurdwara


  • Gurdwaras, the Sikh places of worship, are open to all, irrespective of faith and religion.
  • Visitors should cover their heads and remove shoes and socks and wash hands and feet prior to entry.
  • No visitor should enter a Gurudwara drunk and carrying of alcohol or tobacco is prohibited.
  • People bow to the Guru Granth Sahib as soon as they enter the Gurdwara and place an offering.
  • People sit on the floor in a Gurdwara facing Guru Granth Sahib. There are no cushions or seats.
  • Feet should not be pointed towards the Guru Granth Sahib.
  • Men and women normally sit separately in the Gurdwara.
  • Karah parshad is served which is made from ghee, sugar, and flour.
  • Sikh services include the singing of (kirtan)and reading from the Guru Granth Sahib.
  • Any one can worship or read Guru Granth Sahib in Gurudwara who is sufficiently knowledgeable and competent, male or female.
  • Mostly all Gurdwaras serve langar, which is a free community kitchen. Only vegetarian food is provided.