In Sikhism the word gurdwara refers to the Sikh place of worship. The gurdwara houses the Guru Granth Sahib, which is Sikhism' sacred scripture, and everlasting guru of the Sikhs. Divine instruction contained in kirtan or hymns of Gurbani sung from Guru Granth Sahib offer the means to enlightenment. Thus whoever comes to the gurdwara to worship enters the door or gateway of the guru.
The greatest significance of the word gurdwara is found in its spiritual context. Gaining access through a portal capable of transporting it from spiritual ignorance and the darkness of worldly ego attachment by means of divine instruction, the soul may become spiritually illuminated and achieve liberation from the effects of ego. Such a one passes through the tenth gate, or aperture of consciousness, and attains spiritual realization of its inherent relationship as being at one with divine Waheguru.
mportant Points to Note:
- drugs, alcohol (or intoxicants of any nature), cigarettes and meat are not allowed within temple premises.
- when visiting a Sikh temple, heads have to be covered (eg a handkerchief or scarf will do).
- Shoes are to be left at the entrance (shelves are made for these)
- Dress decently.
Before entering the prayer hall:
- Wash your hands
- Cover your head
Entering the prayer hall:
- Fold both your hands together and walk respectfully toward the Guru Granth Sahib. To Sikhs, it is the living embodiment of the Gurus and commands the highest respect and reverence.
- Bow humbly and touch your forehead to the ground out of respect for the Guru Granth Sahib.
- As you bow, place your offering respectfully before the Guru. It may be money, a flower, or a word of thanks.
- Any sincere expression of gratitude is equally acceptable to the Guru.
- After bowing and offering, sit in the Sangat (the congregation) quietly without disturbing others.
- Usually men sit on one side and women on the other side.
- Sit comfortably, silently and peacefully, the cross-legged position is commonly used, but do not point your feet in the direction of the Guru Granth Sahib (which is disrespectful and offensive).
- Do not talk
- When offered the prasaad (at the end of a service), accept with both hands together.
- If you use tissues, please do not leave them behind. There are bins outside the prayer hall where you can dispose of them.
List Of Diwans
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Prakash
- Timings: 4:15 AM TO 5:15 AM
- Rehras Sahib
- Timings: 6:45 PM TO 7:30 PM
- Asa Di Vaar (Complete)
- Timings: 07:00 AM TO 9:00 AM
- Kirtan by Sangat
- Timings: 10:00 AM TO 10:45 AM
- Sukhmani Sahib
- Timings: 08:30 AM TO 10:00 AM
- Kirtan Classes and Gurbani Santhaya
- Timings: 13:00 PM TO 15:00 PM
- Ardas /Hukamnama/Sukhasan Announcements
- Timings: 08:45 PM TO 09:00 PM
- Rehras Sahib and kirtan Diwaan
- Timings: 7:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
- Ardas /Hukamnama/Announcements
- Timings: 09:30 PM TO 09:45 PM
- Rehras Sahib and Kirtan Diwaan
- Timings: 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM