Useful information for non-Sikh visitors.
Sikh temples are open to all persons of all ages, races, religions or creeds, etc. We welcome all visitors and have put this brief information together so that you understand the general Do's and Don'ts.
The following etiquette should be observed at the Gurdwara.
Points to Note:
- drugs, alcohol (or intoxicants of any nature), cigarettes and meat are not allowed within temple premises.
- when visiting a Sikh temple, heads have to be covered (eg a handkerchief or scarf will do).
- Shoes are to be left at the entrance (shelves are made for these)
- Dress decently.
Before entering the prayer hall:
- Wash your hands
- Cover your head
Entering the prayer hall:
- Fold both your hands together and walk respectfully toward the Guru Granth Sahib. To Sikhs, it is the living embodiment of the Gurus and commands the highest respect and reverence.
- Bow humbly and touch your forehead 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 to 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, silently and peacefully, the cross-legged position is commonly used, but do not point your feet in the direction of the Guru Granth Sahib (which is disrespectful and offensive).
- Do not talk
- When offered the prasaad (at the end of a service), accept with both hands together.
- If you use tissues, please do not leave them behind. There are bins outside the prayer hall where you can dispose of them.
If you would like to organise a school visit to the Gurdwara, please call our main line (Sunday mornings preferred) and ask to speak to the Secretary.