The Sikh version of a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue is a gurdwara. The gurdwara is a central gathering place for those in the Sikh community to pray, sing, learn, and connect. The main worship area is adorned with colorful, ornate fabrics and rugs, featuring the holy book prominently at the front of the room. Another important space in the gurdwara is the large langar, or “free kitchen,” where meals are served to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike following all services in a spirit of communal nourishment. Gurdwara buildings feature four doors facing each of the cardinal directions, symbolically welcoming people from every corner of the world.
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