Guru Nanak Gurdwara is the first Sikh Gurdwara in Leicester. It was originally set up in the 1960s on New Walk, moving into this former building in 1989. The area around the Gurdwara is known as Holy Bones, taking its name from the medieval street that led to the nearby St Nicholas Church. The Gurdwara (the residence of the guru) is not only a place of worship, but also houses a Punjabi school and library and acts as a community centre offering food, shelter and companionship to all those who need it.
A Sikh Museum dedicated to Sikh culture and history is also on the premises. It was set up in 1992. It contains an impressive collection of models, including one of the Golden Temple of Amritsar, as well as paintings, photographs and artefacts relating to the history of the Sikh religion and the sacrifice and devotion of its followers.
Sikhism is a way of life and philosophy well ahead of its time when it was founded over 500 years ago, The Sikh religion today has a following of over 20 million people worldwide. Sikhism preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind, social justice and denounces superstitions and blind rituals. Sikhism is open to all through the teachings of its 10 Gurus enshrined in the Sikh Holy Book and Living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Leicester
Seva is an important aspect of Sikhism to provide a service to the community, including the Sikh community (Khalsa) and others. All Sikhs should be prepared to give up some of their time, talents and energy to help others. Sikhism requires service to Waheguru (God), to the Khalsa and to all of humanity. Sikhism teaches that people should try to become less self-centred (manmukh) and more God-centred (gurmukh) and should live their lives in the selfless service of others (sewa). “True worship consists in the meditation of God’s name.… There can be no worship without performing good deeds” Guru Granth Sahib
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