List of Gurdwaras
Gurdwaras - the doorway to the Guru - serve multiple functions. Primarily, they exist to provide a place for the Shabd Guru to reside, allowing people to visit the Guru, gather learnings, and exchange these learnings with other members of the community and wider afield. Over the years they have grown to include social and political functions, playing a central part in the important life milestones of Sikhs, as well as serving as a shelter and refuge for the most vulnerable.
Gurdwaras have evolved from simple Dharamsalas, into multimillion-pound projects covered in gold and marble - far removed from their original simplicity. More recently, many Gurdwaras have evolved again to serve and host important community and charity projects, feeding local communities regardless of race and religion.
From having a single custodian, to committees that cause as much harm as they bring stability, the story of the Gurdwara is as fascinating as it is important in Sikhi. In this series, I explore Gurdwaras around the world and discover how communities have integrated local differences into Gurdwaras, from architecture, to ways of worship.
Part 1: Gurdwaras in the Midlands
Part 2: (More) Gurdwaras in the Midlands
Part 3: Gurdwaras in London & the South East
Part 4: Gurdwaras in Europe
Part 5: North America
British Sikh, born in the Midlands, based in London, travelling the world seeing new cultures.