Historical Gurdwaras of Punjab

"True is that place, where the mind becomes pure. True is the one who abides in Truth."
Guru Amar Das, Raga Gauri, pg. 158

Historical Gurdwaras of Punjab Classified by Guru
Guru Nanak Dev
Guru Angad Dev
Guru Amar Das
Guru Ram Das
Guru Arjan Dev
Guru Hargobind
Guru Har Rai
Guru Harkrishan
Guru Tegh Bahadur
Guru Gobind Singh
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All religions have temples where people can gather together to contemplate on God and pray. The Sikh temple is called a Gurdwara. The word 'Gurdwara' means 'Gateway to the Guru'. In Sikhism ones personal dedication to living a good life is important but another important aspect of Sikhism is the Sangat (congregation). Not only should one meditate on God on their individual level but also on a corporate level. There are thousands of Gurdwaras throughout Punjab and the rest of the world. They serve as community centers for the Sikh's. There are no restrictions on who may enter a Gurdwara for prayer. People of all religions are welcome to attend. Another common feature of all Gurdwaras around the world is Langer, the free community kitchen. Here food is served to all people who sit together to enjoy a communal meal. It is a symbol of the Sikh belief in a non-sexist, non-racist society where all people of all casts, religions are equal and can share a common meal in the true spirit of unity.

Many of the Gurdwaras in Punjab have a pool (sarovar) for bathing in. In Sikhism one can bathe in these pools if they wish, but they should be pure inside in order to accomplish anything. For the water may clean you on the outside, but it cannot clean you on the inside if your heart is not pure. Unlike some religions, pilgrimages is not a part of Sikhism. Sikhs may visit any Gurdwara as they are all considered equal because in all the living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Scriptures), is installed as the spiritual head of the Sikh religion.

In the Footsteps of the Gurus: The Photographs

Sikhism is almost 500 years old and the landscape of Punjab is scattered with Gurdwaras commemorating important events in the lives of the Sikh Gurus. In early 1995 I spent two months in Punjab visiting, photographing and documenting over 65 historical Gurdwaras. It's one thing to read about a religion and it's history, it's quite another to experience it. Visiting the Gurdwaras of Punjab really made the religion come alive for me. Suddenly I felt transported back in time, walking in the same place where the great Sikh Gurus walked. The experience had a very profound effect on me, both emotionally and spiritually.

I originally had gathered this material to publish a book, but publishing costs are very high and I think that this precious resource material should be made available to all Sikhs and non-Sikhs around the world. There is currently no resource like it, in print, or in any other media. This web site is my individual effort to help all people realize just how rich a history and tradition Sikhism has. Sikhs should feel proud as the guardians of this precious religious heritage and make every effort to preserve it.

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