Sikh Temple opens in Sandton

Wahe GuruJi ka khalsa Wahe Guruji ki fateh! The Johannesburg Gurudwara is set to become a city landmark and this weekend Sandton will be buzzing with spiritual vibrations from the Sikh temple when it officially opens its doors to Sikh and general community.

Costing millions to complete, the beautiful building in Parkmore has stayed true to the architectural design of the traditional temple in Punjab, India.

It will become a spiritual home to the country’s and Gauteng’s Sikhs and is the first purpose-built Gurdwara – complete with prayer hall, education centre and food hall, which will provide free vegetarian food to visitors and devotees every week.

Set to attract visitors each week, the temple in Fourth Street, Parkmore, is open to all faiths and hope it will help to break down barriers in what has become a truly multi-cultural city.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s opening ceremony, Mr Harbinder Sethi, Chairman of the Temple said: “The construction has been a realisation for many years in the hearts and minds of the Punjabi community and this weekend will be the beginning of a new direction for the Sikh faith.”

The new refurbished temple will provide Sikhs with a special and sacred place that allows then to practice their faith, come together and learn. The new facility will give offer a huge amount of opportunity to share with the greater community the beauty of the faith.  The Sikh community have rallied round to bring the exciting project to life, Indianspice has been part of the journey to the construction where support to the Gurudwara activities has been rendered to the annual Baisakhi Mela held in Johannesburg.

The opening ceremony of the first Gurudwara Sahib Johannesburg on 30th Nov 2014 @ 109, 4th Street, Parkmore, Sandton.  Akhand Path Sahib Seva from 28th to 30th Nov 2014 followed by inaugural ceremony. Sangat from across the Globe will be participating and the program will be televised on ‘London Sikh Channel’.

For more information, visit our website or contact the Gurudwara official PRO on mobile +27 844 011 536.

What is a Gurudwara: gurdwara (Punjabiਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾgurduārā or , gurdwārā), meaning the gateway to the guru, is the place of worship for Sikhs;[1] however, people of all faiths are welcomed in the Sikh Gurdwara.[2] The gurdwara has a Darbar Sahib where the Guru Granth Sahib is seen and a Langar where people can eat free food served by the Sikh community.[3] A gurdwara may also have a library, nursery, and classroom.[4] A gurdwara can be identified from a distance by tall flagpoles bearing the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag.

The most well-known gurdwara is the Harmandir Sahib (aka The Golden Temple) in AmritsarPunjabIndia.

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.