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A Sikh Temple In Delhi

March 15, 2016

When people ask me what was the highlight of our recent trip to India, one that stands out is a visit to the Sikh Temple near Connaught Place, and very close to where we were staying. We walked there, and came upon a huge white structure with touches of gold, spread over many acres, and bustling with people of all nationalities. It was obviously an important place in the daily life of a Sikh as we found out. Apparently 30,000 people are fed there daily, all free of charge, and by volunteers. A man approached us and asked if we were interested in visiting, showed us where to leave our shoes and told us what to do. So we covered our heads, washed our hands and feet and following literally hundreds of people up the stairs and inside to a glorious sound of chanting, and visual beauty. I was shown the kitchen behind a vast empty hall, where many people were preparing rice, dahl and chapattis. What is Sikhism? In a sentence – it’s the belief in equality, practical living, in rendering service to humanity and engendering tolerance and brotherly love towards all.

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The entrance to the Sikh temple.

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Very clean floors ( perhaps because no shoes are allowed?) and marble facade.

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Construction and renovation adjoining the temple.

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This water is holy or blessed water and we have a friend who swears that it healed his lame horse! Some people drink it or take it away in bottles.

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Beautiful colourful and fragrant garlands on lotus leaves, available for offerings.

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A mother and daughter about to visit the temple.

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Inside the temple.

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Volunteers preparing food.

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Some of the 30,000 people who are fed daily all waiting patiently.

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Inside the dining hall.

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A huge pot of dahl!

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I helped roll chapattis.

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People about to be fed rice, dahl and chapattis.

 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen Cavill permalink
    March 15, 2016 7:48 pm

    Great post Mary!

    H x

    • March 16, 2016 1:51 am

      Thanks Helen – an experience that I was glad I had!

  2. Jezz Griffiths permalink
    March 16, 2016 1:28 am

    What a magical and spiritual experience

    • March 16, 2016 1:51 am

      Very spiritual Jezz – such a great feeling all around this place.

  3. March 16, 2016 2:16 am

    great post

  4. jilly permalink
    March 16, 2016 5:31 am

    MARY, FABULOUS.MY THANKS. j

  5. Sarah Moni permalink
    March 29, 2016 6:29 am

    Mary, I love these photos of the Sikh Temple.

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