Blackburn Gurdwara, Sikh Temple, Blackburn

 

The Sikh Gurdwara houses the scripture from the venerated Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Sikh weddings are known as Anand Karaj, literally Blissful Event or Occasion. Psalms are recited — the scripture forms the focal point of the Gurdwara and is mounted on the main takht or throne under a canopy.

 

An important part of the Sikh religion is the idea of equality, hence the langgar, a devotional vegetarian meal that all share, and the large temple kitchen.  People of all faiths are welcome –cf course shoes must be removed!

The Sikh Gurdwara is located at 127 Whitehorse Rd Blackburn. You can read more about Sikh weddings here on the Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha website: “Sikhs regard marriage as a sacred bond of mutual dependence between a man and a woman. A true partnership in marriage is made between those who are united in spirit as well as in mind and body. Marriage is regarded as a strong bond between the bride and groom and the relatives of both families — it is accepted as a joining of the two families into one as well. Based on a concept depicted in Laava, the Sikh marriage is not merely a physical and legal contract but is a fusion of the souls; a holy union between two souls, where physically they appear as two individual bodies but in fact are united as one. The couple must feel and think alike and both must be completely identified with the other, i.e. they need to become “Ek Jot Doe Murti” meaning “one spirit in two bodies”.


 

 

One Response to “Blackburn Gurdwara, Sikh Temple, Blackburn”
  1. Kiren Cheema 16 October 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    we had a traditional Sikh ceremony, it was long but we really enjoyed it, my favourite part of the ceremony was when we did the “lavan”, that is, walking around our holy book 4 times and the traditional Sikh hymns were very soothing and relaxed me somewhat!

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