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Gurdwara Sahib Lansing

4701 Pleasant Grove Rd., Lansing, Michigan 48910

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Welcome to Sikh Gurdwara of Lansing where visitors of all backgrounds are welcome regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. This page has been put together to help first time visitors learn the practices of the Gurdwara.Gurdwara Sahib is a two story building. The second floor is the main hall where the services are held.

 

When arriving at the Gurdwara please dress comfortably as we sit on the floor for our services. Please consider bringing your own scarf to cover your head while inside the Gurdwara building. If you do not bring one, we will provide you with one.

 

As you enter the ground floor, you will find shoe-racks on either side. We go barefoot inside the Gurdwara building, and shoe-racks are provided for your convenience. We request that after removing your shoes/socks, visitors wash their hands before proceeding upstairs to the main hall or to the Langar hall on the ground floor. As you head up, please be sure to silence your cell phone and or pagers. Please, be sure that your head is covered with a scarf or a turban.

 

 

Once upstairs, you will be facing an alter with an ornate "Palki" in the center. Over the Palki (the seat) is a Chandoa, a canopy. A person is usually seated behind the Palki with a Chaor of fine white hair. All of these are suitable for the throne of a King.

 

Please approach the alter respectfully. Bowing before the alter is encouraged as Guru is not just of Sikhs but of all humankind. 

After bowing, please seat yourself to either side. During normal programming, Bhai Tarlok Singh or another member of Sangat is on the stage area singing the hymns that are taken directly from Guru Granth Sahib. There are two projector screens on either side of the hall where there visitors can read the translations of the hymns being sung line by line. If you are familiar with the words, you are encouraged to sing along.

 

At the conclusion of the program, there is a standing prayer led by Bhai Sahib. The entire congregation stands in attention with hands folded and facing the Guru Sahib. Once this standing prayer is completed, a response from Guru Granth Sahib is read aloud for all to hear. Again, the overhead projectors will display the Hukam, or Order, of Guru Sahib and its translation.

 

After the Hukam is read, Bhai Sahib takes a few moments to explain the Hukam in Punjabi, the native language of the Sikhs. And then a sweet is served, called Parshad, or "blessing," made of wheat flour, water, butter and sugar. Often times, during the serving of Parshad, managment makes a few announcements. Visitors are also introduced to the congregation either by themselves or by their hosts.Then it is off to Langar on the ground floor.