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Hospitality, or being able to provide for the comforts of strangers and friends, is a key element in the beliefs of the Sikh community. It is not surprising then, that the actual and symbolic provision of food affects the design and architecture of the Gurdwara. You will notice that the langar, or kitchen, features prominently beside the Gurdwara, whilst the place for the Sikh holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, is centrally positioned within the Gurdwara. This is because the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is regarded with the same veneration as a living Guru and is consulted over all major decisions taken by a Sikh. Sikh communities are to be found in many towns in the UK and because of the distinctive turban that Sikhs adopt, Sikh men and boys are easily recogniseable.

Click on the link on the right to find a description of the main features of the Gurdwara and artefacts that can be found inside it.

Click also to find out if there is a Gurwara near you that will welcome a visit from you. Some examples of links to virtual tours are also available.

On the right are useful tips that can enable your trip to be a success, and means by which the learning outcomes of the students can be assessed.




Places of Worship

The Gurdwara

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