A Gurudwara is a place of worship for Sikhs, people from all faiths and those who do not profess any faith are welcome in Sikh Gurudwara’s.

Gurudwara Singh Sabha Alken was founded in 2015. Our Gurudwara house Darbar Sahib is also known as the dewan hall (prayer room) which refers to the main hall within in a Sikh Gurudwara. This hall is where the holy Scripture – the Guru Granth Sahib is placed on a throne in a prominent central position. 

It also houses our Langar hall. Langar, also known as the community kitchen, is an integral part of the Gurudwara Sahib. The Langar brings the community together, eliminates caste system and serves people in need. A Gurudwara can be identified from a distance by tall flagpoles bearing the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag.

Sikhism has no room for symbolism or ritualism; Sikhs have neither idols nor altars in their Gurudwara. They have no sacraments and no priestly order. The essential feature of a gurudwara is the presiding presence in it of the holy Sikh Scripture, called the Guru Granth Sahib also referred to as Satguru. This essentially is the focal point of a Gurudwara. The other main component is the holy congregation called the Sadh Sangat who are present within this sacred structure in humble obedience to principles laid down by the Sikh Gurus.

Features of gurudwara

A Gurudwara is identified by the following five basic features:

The Guru i.e. the Sikh holy book. A hall called Darbar Sahib houses the Guru. This hall in most modern temples is large and will house many hundreds of visitors.

Nishan, short for Nishan Sahibis a triangular orange flag with a Khalsa emblem of a (Khanda)in the middle. It expresses the faith of Sikh Community in the True Lord or Satguru & Guru Granth Sahib. It is a Khalsa icon for the TRUE Guru’s aode

Pangate. Free community kitchen. It is part of a building complex where communal meals are served. It may have tables and chairs, but as a tradition it is expected from the devotees to sit on the floor.

Sangat is a holy congregation of the ‘saint soldiers’, which in the purest form is called the Khalsa. As per Sikh faith, this Khalsa congregation also represents the combined spirit of the ONE(True eternal God) personified and with the Bani of the Shabad Guru] as present in Sach Khand. Gurbani singers & those regulating the function will normally address the holy congregation (Sangat)as “Guru Roop Sadh Sangat” literally meaning ” Congregation endowed with the power of the Guru” (i.e. “gathering of the “Pure” or Khalsa”)

Golak refers to a systematic & formal financial system in the custody of Guru Granth Sahib. The Gurdwara management team, on behalf of Guru Granth Sahib manages the account, expenditures, donations, gifts, etc.

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