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Seven Kings Sikh temple welcomes around 1,000 worshippers for Vaisakhi

PUBLISHED: 15:58 18 April 2018

Five men dressed in orange robes symbolise the Panj Pyare. Photo: Singh Sabha London East

Five men dressed in orange robes symbolise the Panj Pyare. Photo: Singh Sabha London East

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Around 1,000 worshippers visited a Sikh temple in Seven Kings to celebrate Vaisakhi on Saturday.

Guests change the outer garmet of the Gurdwara's flag. Photo: Singh Sabha London EastGuests change the outer garmet of the Gurdwara's flag. Photo: Singh Sabha London East

Large crowds amassed outside the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, in High Road, to sing from holy Sikh scriptures, watch the changing the temple’s flag and share a meal.

Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi or Vaishakhi, commemorates the transformation the Sikhs into a family of warrior saints, known as the Khalsa Panth, under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

Five men dressed in orange robes held ceremonial swords to symbolise the Panj Pyare – the five beloved men who were initiated into the Khalsa, or brotherhood, in 1699.

Balbir Singh, the temple’s treasurer, said: “The day was beautiful.

Crowds of worshippers sing outside the Gurdwara. Photo: Singh Sabha London EastCrowds of worshippers sing outside the Gurdwara. Photo: Singh Sabha London East

“A big congregation turned up and everyone really enjoyed the religious occasion.

He added: “The flag is a beacon and a very high mast to let people know to this is a place to go for shelter or food.”


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