Guru Nanak Foundation Gurudwara,Glenwood, Australia
Australian Sikh Association Inc (ASA) is the largest registered body of Sikhs in the Southern Hemisphere. With over two thousand members, and growing rapidly, it manages ‘The Sikh Centre’ and serves the Sikh Community in the Greater Western and North-West Regions of the Sydney Metro Area.
The Sikh Centre is the hub of activity all year round, with the Glenwood Gurdwara (the Sikh place of worship, meditation and religious congregation) within its premises. The members of the Sikh community visit the Centre every week so that they can pray, meditate and listen to the teachings and Hymns from Shri Guru Granth Sahib (the Living Guru and the Sikh Holy Book) together with other fellow Sikhs. The community also celebrates special religious events at the Gurdwara, during most of these events, the attendance exceeds over 5,000.
The Association also runs programs such as the Weekend Punjabi Language School and programs for Youth, Senior Citizens and Women.
The Sikh Centre is tantamount to the Sikh expressions in the geo-political aspects. Situated on a hilltop in the burgeoning Blacktown City, the impressive infrastructure provides identity to the locals with a North Indian background.
The Sikh Centre, where facilities such as Gurdwara Sahib (Sikh place of relegious congregation and meditation), Sikh Youth Resource Centre, Senior Citizens Program etc are run, is located at 8 Meurants Lane Glenwood NSW 2768.
Glenwood is located in the Blacktown Council Area, in the Western part of Sydney Metro. Recent residential and other infrastructral developments around Glenwood has created a vibrant community living around the Sikh Centre, many Sikh Families have moved to Glenwood and are a part of the local community.
The Sikh Centre is about 40kms from Sydney City CBD (and takes about 40mins by car (via the M2 Motorway). With opening up of the new motorway (M7), Glenwood will be much quicker to reach from all parts of Sydney.
Blacktown Railway Station is the nearest train station from the Sikh Centre. On the Northern side of the Railway Station, Busways Buses (740, 741, 718) run services which have stops very close to the Sikh Centre (some stop as close as 15mtrs away, some stop upto 1km away).
On the Southern side of the Railway Station is the Taxi Stand. The trip in a cab will take about 10 to 15mins and will cost about $10 to $20, however, do not be surprised if a taxi driver offers you a free ride – there are many reports that many taxi drivers are so honoured and pleased to drop off customers at the Sikh Centre that they don’t charge for the trip and consider it to be voluntary community work!