What is the role of the gurdwara ?. Learning objective – to be able to understand the role of the gurdwara and how it serves the Sikh community. I can e xplain how the g urdwara carries out specific duties in the Sikh community. Level 5.
Learning objective – to be able to understand the role of the gurdwaraand how it serves the Sikh community.
I can explain how the gurdwaracarries out specific duties in the Sikh community.
I can apply to other faiths the functions of the religious house, such as the gurdwaraand identify similarities and differences.
I can describe some of the functions the gurdwaracarries out in the Sikh community .
A gurdwarais the Sikh place of worship and also acts as a community centre. gurdwaraliterally means ‘doorway’ or ‘house of the Guru’ – Guru being the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh’s holy book.
A gurdwarais not only a house of worship but also a community centre.
It is where Sikhs can take part in serving others – sewa.
It is where Sikhs can join sangat – Sikh congregation – and participate in acts of worship.
Diwan means ‘court’ and this is where the acts of worship take place in the gurdwara.
It is in the diwan hall where the Guru Granth Sahib is kept on a throne, called a Takht, underneath a canopy, which is called a Palki. The Guru Granth Sahib is treated like a member of a royal family here.
The langar is the kitchen and comprises of the kitchen itself and the dining hall.
Food is prepared by volunteers and is free to anyone who wants it.
It symbolises equality and that everyone is equal.