Seven Kings Sikh temple welcomes around 1,000 worshippers for Vaisakhi
PUBLISHED: 15:58 18 April 2018
Around 1,000 worshippers visited a Sikh temple in Seven Kings to celebrate Vaisakhi on Saturday.
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.
“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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