The Sikh place of worship is known as the gurdwara. This translates to ‘the door of the Guru’. The gurdwara is available to all people who want to worship God. Sikhs recognise all religions, believing that all religions are different pathways to the same God. Therefore, people of all faiths are welcome at a gurdwara. Originally, a gurdwara was a place where Sikhs could go to hear the human Gurus speak.
Some of the main features of the gurdwara are:
The Guru Granth Sahib is the Sikh holy book. Sikhs believe that the Guru Granth Sahib is the Eternal Guru. Any building that holds a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib is known as a gurdwara.
The Guru Granth Sahib is the focus of worship within the gurdwara. It is placed on a raised platform called the manji sahib under a canopy in the divan hall. It always sits higher than the congregation (sangat) as a symbol of respect.
Where is the Guru Granth Sahib found in the gurdwara?
The Guru Granth Sahib is placed on a platform in the divan hall during the day and kept in a special room, called the sach khand, overnight.