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The Golden Temple, Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar, India 
Gurdwara: literally Gurus portal abode House or Door. In the early period of Sikhism, before the advent of the word Gurdwara, the word Dharamsala was used to refer to Sikh places of worship and service (Sewa). The word can be split into two: Gur or Guru referring to their Guru, Guru Granth Sahib i.e. Gurbani Waheguru the word Shabad and duwara meaning Door of the House 

Although most Sikhs spell Gurdwara and refer it as the House of the Guru, that may not be the accurate spelling and meaning. If we look at the word Gurdwara closely in Gurmukhi, and compare it to each time it has been mentioned in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib or Bhai Gurdas jis Vaars, there is no vava or w sound in it. The word is actually spelt Gur-duara. The word Dwara means place or home, but Duara means through or by means of. So the accurate defination of a Gurduara would be through or by means of our Guru. For a Sikh, every thing is achieved by meansby grace of the Guru. 

Sikhism, has no room for symbolism or ritualism; Sikhs have neither idols nor altars in their Gurdwara. They have no sacraments and no priestly order. The essential feature of a gurdwara is the presiding presence in it of the holy Sikh Scripture, called the Guru Granth Sahib also referred to as Satguru. This essentially is the focal point of a Gurdwara. The other main component is the holy congregation called the Sadh Sangat who are present within this sacred structure in humble obedience of principles laid down by the Sikh Gurus. 

The Sikhs hold high respect for the commandments laid down in the Guru Granth Sahib and most faithful adherents will adhere to these commandments at all costs. Within the Gurdwara the Sikhs engage in prayer (Simran or Naam Japna) and in voluntary service called Sewa. Langar, free community kitchen serves meals to anyone who visits this Sikh institution. All the facilities are generally managed on a voluntary basis by volunteers called Sewadars (lit. those who serve). Generally very few paid staff are maintained in Gurdwaras. 

This is the place where the young Sikhs learn the essentials of their faith and as they grow older this becomes their spiritual training centre - the KHALSA training institution; a place for organised Satgur de Seva or service of the True Guru. 

 

Gurudwara Sahib Contact Person & Daily Records

             S. Harbinder Singh Sethi ( 0843991110) sethi@tanzsa.com

             S. Amarnder Singh Bhinder ( 0736000020)

             S. Gurwinder Singh ( 0844011536) 

        Landline no of Gurudwara Sahib : +27117831100 sikhtemplejhb@gmail.com 

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