Gurdwaras in the United States

Gurdwaras In The United States

Gurdwaras in the United States

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What is a Gurdwara?

A Gurdwara (, or , ), meaning "the doorway to the Guru", is the Sikh place of worship. It is a place where Sikhs can gather to hear devotional hymns and recital from the Guru Granth Sahib - the Sikh holy book.

Guru Hargobind introduced the word Gurdwara and any place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed and treated with due respect can be referred to as a Gurdwara, whether it is a room in ones house of a separate building. Three main functions are carried out in all Gurdwaras.

1) Kirtan - the singing of devotional hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib

2) Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib and its meaning

3) Langar - free community kitchen for all visitors regardless of race, creed, or religion.

Other activities that also take place in Gurdwaras include the provision of libraries of Sikh literature, teaching of Gurmukhi and other charitable work for the community

Dr. Harbans Singh established the first Gurudwara in New York in Richmond Hill. On March 10, 2002, Newsday reported, "A Congregation Mourns; Sikhs grieve for injured priest, loss of center in blaze." It noted that "Onlookers gazed at the gutted remains of the temple and members gathered to pray and comfort each other ... More than 2,500 people worshipped at the temple on weekends and an estimated 10,000 on holidays." With offers of help streaming in from Sikh centers, others in the local community also offered their support. "A couple from Woodside who brought...
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