BEFORE ENTERING THE HALL

  • No drugs or intoxicants of any nature, or cigarettes are allowed within the Gurdwara premises.

  • Take off your shoes

  • Wash your hands

  • Cover your head (head scarves are available near the entrance to the Gurdwara Hall)

  • Switch mobile phone to vibrate, airplane mode, or turn off completely

ENTERING THE HALL

  • Fold both your hands and walk slowly

  • Bow humbly and touch your forhead to the ground out of respect for the Guru Granth Sahib.

  • As you bow, place your offering respectfully before the Guru, it may be money, a flower, or a word of thanks; any sincere expression of gratitude is equally acceptable of the Guru

  • After bowing and offering, sit in the Sangat (the congregation) quietly without disturbing others.

  • Usually men sit on one side and women on the other side

  • Sit comfortably and peacefully, the cross-legged position is commonly used, but do not point your feet in the direction of the Guru Granth Sahib. 

  • Do not talk or chew gum.​

kirtan

  • Katha/GurbaniVichar: the reading of the Holy Hymns followed by explanation or a sermon/talk appropriate for the occasion. Recitation portions of a scripture the Anand Sahib. The Ardas

  • You will not be expected to say anything. You may join the Ardas (equivalent to Lord’s prayer)

ardas

  • Stand straight with folded hands and think of the Guru.

  • Sing together (Thoo Thaku Tum Peh Ardas)

  • After the Ardas, continue standing and sing (Aageaa bhaee Akal Kee, Tabhee Chalaio Panth.

  • The Ardas concludes with the Kaikara (Boley So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal)

  • Then sit quietly. The person sitting behind the Guru Granth Sahib will read the Hukam, the Guru’s message or Order to the Sangat (congregation).

  • Upon completion of the Hukam, Karah Parsad (sweet pudding made with flour, sugar and clarified butter - ceremonial offering) is distributed to the sangam.

 

Langar

  • Food from the Guru’s kitchen will be served in a different hall. All are welcome.