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Gurdwara Wedding Facilities

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The Gurdwara has very good facilities for Sikh weddings

Please contact Gurbir Singh Parmar (07719 853 350) to make a booking or complete this form

 

Seva Guidelines are located here

The following wedding facilities are available:

  • Main Diwan Hall to cater for 500 people comfortably

  • Registry Room - dedicated room for 30 guests

  • Langar Hall

  • Separate Multi Functional Hall that can be used for Wedding Hall - for 500 people seated

Following information is a guideline for British Nationals and members of the European community. If you will be having a Registry wedding at the Gurdwara Sahib the bride and groom need to go their local registry offices and complete a notice of marriage. They will need passports for proof of identity, decree absolute if in a previous marriage, certificate for any change of name, utility bill or drivers licence for proof of address. The individuals need to state the name and address of the place where they intend to get married. After 16 days the individuals need to go back to the registry office and each collect a blue certificate. These original blue certificates need to be given to Gurbir Parmar - senior registrar.  He will then organise a registrar to carry out the ceremony.

Three weeks before the wedding the appointed wedding coordinator from Gurdwara will contact you and arrange a meeting. During this meeting the coordinator will go through the procedure, costs and answer any questions that you may have.

Wedding Guide document to download

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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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