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Sikhism: How and when should I visit the Gurdwara Sahib?
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Q: How and when should I visit the Gurdwara Sahib?

A: All Gurdwara Sahib are open 24 hours a day, all year round. People visit Gurdwara Sahib whenever they have time. There is no set time or day to visit the Gurdwara Sahib, however most people visit the Gurdwara on Sunday at 10 am.

Visiting a Gurdwara Sahib is an awesome experience. When entering the main hall of the Gurdwara Sahib, remove your shoes and cover your head. A basket is usually placed besides the door of the main hall, which contains small pieces of cloth. If you do not wear a turban, please pick one of the cloths from the basket and cover your head with it. Never enter a Gurdwara Sahib if you have consumed alcohol or if you have any cigarettes or tobacco on you. After you have covered your head, enter the main hall and walk up to the altar where the Sikh Holy Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib Ji is placed. Bow your head and place offering of money as a sign of respect and then join the congregation seated on the carpeted floor. The common way to sit is cross-legged on the floor. Be aware that sitting with legs stretched out with feet pointing towards the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is disrespectful.

The service at the Gurdwara Sahib normally consists of a combination of sermons and singing of #shabads#. All ends with the Ardaas, a special prayer that is spoken by the priest while the congregation stands with folded hands. The blessed pudding of Parsad, is then distributed to all. It is important that no part of the Parsad should fall on the floor as it is considered disrespectful. Then walk up to the dining hall for Langar (free kitchen). It is important that you get only what you intend to eat and do not leave food in your plate when done.

If at any point you need help or have questions, please ask anyone to help you before entering the main hall. People in Gurdwara Sahib are very friendly and will guide you through the whole process.

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