Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Gateway to Sikhism


Gurdwara is the place for the people to pray to God in the set Sikh way, in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib – the Sikh Holy book. A visitor e.g. from out side the Sikh community, can calmly watch and enjoy the proceedings.

Discipline is important to maintain the similarity of proceedings in all Gurdwaras. This has been laid down in the Reht (Code of Ethics) for the faith by the Sikh-Panth – the Sikh world. It is available in the form of a booklet from the bookstores or from S.G.P.C. (Shromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar), an Institution for controlling Gurdwaras.
Different Gurdwaras may have slight variations according to their individual needs and limitations. The Gurdwaras of different sects, especially not under the control of S.G.P.C., may have their own modifications in the routines. At homes, the people may have some of their own choices.

The sameness in the functioning of Gurdwaras, encourages brotherhood and unity. A Gurdwara starts its program in the morning with recitation of Gurbani and singing of the Holy Hymns. In the overseas countries, changes and adjustments may have to be made according to the arrangements possible and facilities available. The local laws have to be taken care of.
Following is the discipline for entering the prayer hall. will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras. brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
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