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Gurdwara Etiquette

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The following Gurdwara etiquette should be observed at the Gurdwara.


Before entering the hall:


  • No drugs, or intoxicants of any nature, or cigarettes are allowed with in the Temple premises.


  • Take off your shoes


  • Wash your hands


  • Cover your head ( scarves are available near the entrance to the Temple Hall)



Upon entering the Diwan hall (where the Guru Granth Sabib is present):


  • Fold both your hands and walk slowly.


  • 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 and peacefully, the cross-legged position is commonly used, but do not point your feet in the direction of the Guru Granth Sahib.


  • Do not talk or chew gum.



The usual sequence of events (a service) in the Gurdwara is:


  • Kirtan: The singing of the Holy Hymns - Gurbani.


  • Katha/GurbaniVichar: The reading of the Holy Hymns followed by explanation or a sermon or talk appropriate for the occasion.


  • Recitation portions of a scripture the Anand Sahib.



The Ardas

You will not be expected to say anything. You will have to join the Ardas (equivalent to Lord's prayer). To join in the Ardas:


  • Stand straight with folded hands and think of the Guru.


  • Sing together Thoo Thakur Tum Peh Ardas


  • After the Ardas, continue standing, and sing, Aageaa bhaee Akal kee, Tabhee Chalaio Panth.


  • The Ardas concludes with the Jaikara. Boley So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal.


  • Then sit quietly. The person sitting behind the Guru Granth Sahib will read the Hukam, the Guru's message or Order to the Sangat (congregation).


  • Upon completion of the Hukam, Karah Parsad is distributed to the Sangat. (This is a sweet pudding made of flour, sugar and clarified butter that is offered as ceremonial food.)



Langar

Finally Langar (food from the Guru's kitchen) will be served in a different hall. All are welcome to eat langar.


 


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