Search

Thousands to flock to Seven Kings gurdwara for Guru Nanak’s birthday

08:00 15 November 2013

Mankamal Singh of the gurdwara with Newbury Park Primary School pupils Robert Ernestas, 11, and Hemmy Ranjith, 10

Mankamal Singh of the gurdwara with Newbury Park Primary School pupils Robert Ernestas, 11, and Hemmy Ranjith, 10

Archant

School children got to learn about one of the most important gurus in Sikhism as part of a gurdwara’s celebrations for his birthday.

Singh Sabah Gurdwara in High Road, Seven Kings, is holding a week of activities to mark the birth of Guru Nanak, who founded the Sikh religion.

Six classes of Year 6 pupils from Newbury Park Primary School, Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Park, visited the gurdwara on Wednesday to learn about the Sikh faith and were treated to a tasty lunch.

Mankamal Singh, spokesman for the gurdwara, said: “We taught the children about Sikhism and explained what it’s all about and showed them some Sikh artefacts.”

Over the weekend the gurdwara will be visited by thousands of people, including many Hindus, who will pay their respects to Guru Nanak whose birthday falls on Sunday.

Mr Singh said: “He is also the patron saint of the Punjab, so we get people from that region visiting as they have a lot of respect for Guru Nanak. It’s a very joyful occasion. It’s one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar – it’s massive.”

On Saturday night, a 24-hour reading of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, will begin and hundreds of worshipers will stay in the temple overnight.

This will be followed on Sunday by the changing of the large flag outside the gurdwara, called the Nishan Sahib, and the cleansing of the flagpole with yoghurt.

Volunteers will also be working hard in the gurdwara’s kitchen to ensure there is enough food, known as langar, for the visitors.

“The volunteers come forward anyway so we don’t really have to even ask,” said Mr Singh. “There are hundreds and thousands of people there which is exciting and very uplifting.”

Guru Nanak was the first of the 10 Sikh gurus.

In previous years the gurdwara has staged huge firework displays, but there will not be one this year. The money saved will be given to charity.

Mr Singh said: “We should be working towards the right type of things like supporting the community and working on projects – there’s lots to do.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

As fireworks and sparklers light up the skies above Redbridge, residents are being urged to be extra careful during another Fire Brigade Union strike.

13:51
Pupils sitting an exam. Picture: PA/David Jones

Redbridge is home to some of the country’s brightest pupils with more than three quarters achieving five or more A* to C GCSE grades according to new figures.

Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

09:37
Survivor of the Trilokpuri killings in East Delhi - a photo from the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered exhibition at the Wiener Library in Russell Square. Photo: Ram Rahman

WARNING: The image on this page contains graphic content.

Most read news

“Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition