The Concept of the Sikh Gurdwara and the Sikh Practice of Langar

The Sikh term “gurdwara” means “house of the guru” in Punjabi. The term is derived from the Sanskrit terms “guru” which means “teacher” and “dvara” which means “door”. The practice of “langar” was created during the early 16th century to ensure everyone could eat a free meal at a temple, regardless of caste or income. It’s a practice still subscribed to during the modern day with many Sikh temples offering free food daily or a few times per week as a way to build the community being that the com...

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