Last Updated: 8th April, 2020
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.