Historical Gurdwaras of Punjab
"True is that place,
where the mind becomes pure. True is the one who abides in Truth."
Guru Amar Das, Raga Gauri, pg. 158
Historical Gurdwaras of
Punjab Classified by Guru
religions have temples where people can gather together to contemplate
on God and pray. The Sikh temple is called a Gurdwara. The word 'Gurdwara'
means 'Gateway to the Guru'. In Sikhism ones personal dedication to living
a good life is important but another important aspect of Sikhism is the
Sangat (congregation). Not only should one meditate on God on their individual
level but also on a corporate level. There are thousands of Gurdwaras
throughout Punjab and the rest of the world. They serve as community centers
for the Sikh's. There are no restrictions on who may enter a Gurdwara
for prayer. People of all religions are welcome to attend. Another common
feature of all Gurdwaras around the world is Langer, the free community
kitchen. Here food is served to all people who sit together to enjoy a
communal meal. It is a symbol of the Sikh belief in a non-sexist, non-racist
society where all people of all casts, religions are equal and can share
a common meal in the true spirit of unity.
Many of the Gurdwaras
in Punjab have a pool (sarovar) for bathing in. In Sikhism one can bathe
in these pools if they wish, but they should be pure inside in order
to accomplish anything. For the water may clean you on the outside,
but it cannot clean you on the inside if your heart is not pure. Unlike
some religions, pilgrimages is not a part of Sikhism. Sikhs may visit
any Gurdwara as they are all considered equal because in all the living
Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Scriptures), is installed
as the spiritual head of the Sikh religion.