Central Sikh Temple

Central Sikh Temple

Central Sikh Temple

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Central Sikh Temple is the first Sikh gurdwara in Singapore. Established in 1912, the temple had relocated several times before moving to its current site at Serangoon Road at the junction of Towner Road and Boon Keng Road in the Kallang Planning Area in 1986. The gurdrawa is the main place of worship for the 15,000 Sikhs in the country, and is also known as Wada Gurdrawa.

History

In 1849, after the British conquered the Indian state of Punjab, many Punjabi began to migrate overseas, to places such as Singapore. The British decided to recruit Sikh migrants as security forces in the Straits Settlements. Sikhs began to arrive in Singapore in 1881, to form a Sikh Contingent of the Straits Settlements police force.

The first Sikh temple, or gurdwara, was set up in the police barracks, but it soon could not accommodate the growing Sikh community. A bungalow was purchased for a new temple at Queen Street in 1912, with the assistance of Sindhi merchant by the name of Wassiamull. The Sikhs used the land to build a gurdwara. The gurdwara later became known as "Central Sikh Temple" when other temples were established. The name Wada Gurdwara means the "Big Temple" in English. Central Sikh Temple was reconstructed in 1921, and the congregation hall was located on the first floor and other facilities on the first floor. It is a custom for gurdwaras to provide food and lodging for their guests. Besides being a place of......
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