Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Welcome to the website of Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte!
A house of worship for Sikhs, the Gurdwara keeps its doors open to all, regardless of their religious beliefs. We have no formal membership. We welcome everyone willing to conform to the rules and decorum of the Gurdwara.
The Gurdwara, meaning literally the gateway to the guru, is the abode of God accessible to anyone in quest of spiritual and religious progress and interested in kirtan (singing of hymns) and the teachings of Sikhism (or Sikhi). It is a place of worship designated for holding discourses on Gurbani and Sikh doctrines and performing kirtan in the holy presence of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Holy Scripture).
The Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte is a non-profit organization functioning under the auspices of the Sikh Heritage Society of Greater Charlotte. It was inaugurated on October 26, 2003. For its history, please go to Multimedia on the Website.
Ever since the beginning of Sikhism, the Gurdwara has always been an institution central to the Sikh faith. It offers the seeker solace and peace through the teachings of the Guru.
Here at the Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte our focus has always been the youth, as they are our future. We hold special events for community development and a weekly program on Sundays for the Sangat (congregation). Langar (community meal) and Sewa or Seva (service) are the mainstay of the Gurdwara, aiming to emphasize the importance of humility and equality in the life of a Sikh.
If you are new to the area and looking for a spiritual home, please contact us: www.gurdwaracharlotte.org. Phone: 704-509-2828
Who is a Sikh?
A Sikh is a disciple or a student, engaged in learning higher truths of life, and believes in one universal God, endeavors to love all people whatever their race or faith, and judges them by their deeds only. Specifically, a Sikh is a follower of Sikh religion who has faith in one God, ten Sikh Gurus (Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh), and the Guru Granth Sahib, the eternal guru.
Origin of Sikhism
Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak at the end of the 15th century when he had a revelation of God as one universal entity. The First Guru traveled throughout India and other countries of Asia and preached truthful living, universal brotherhood, unconditional love for humanity, and unconditional service for humanity, often known as nishkaam seva.
Guru Nanak gave Sikhs these three major guiding principles to live by:
- Naam Japna (meditation): Meditate on God by reciting/chanting His name.
- Kirat Karni (honest living): Earn your living by honest and true means.
- Vand Chhakna (sharing, charity): Share your earning with the needy.
The Gurdwara Etiquette for Visitors
Gurdwara Sahib, Charlotte, North Carolina
Welcome to Gurdwara Sahib, Charlotte.
Listed below are some general guidelines and etiquette for visitors to a Sikh gurdwara, which apply to all Sikh houses of worship.
We humbly request compliance with these:
- Please dress appropriately so that you may feel comfortable sitting on a carpeted floor. Loose fitting clothing, which covers most of your body, is suggested.
- Please remove your shoes and place them in the shoe racks provided near the bathroom (separate areas for men and women).
- No shoes are allowed in the Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib) and the Dining Hall (Langar Hall).
- Please cover your heads when you are in the main Gurdwara areas (the Prayer Hall and the Dining Hall). The Gurdwara keeps handkerchief-size cloth coverings for visitors’ use at the entrance to men’s shoe racks.
- Chairs are provided in the Prayer Hall and the Dining Hall only for those who have difficulty sitting on the floor due to medical conditions.
- Please keep interruptions in the Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib) to a minimum, and place cell phones/pagers on silent or off modes.
- No smoking is allowed on the Gurdwara premises at any time.
- Visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed on the Gurdwara premises.
- No weapons, other than the sacred kirpan (ceremonial sword), are allowed on the Gurdwara premises.
- When you enter the Prayer Hall, you may bow to the Guru Granth Sahib, our holy book, and then join the congregation. (And as you bow to the Guru Granth Sahib, if you like, you may place a token contribution into the contribution box.)
- Usually men sit on one side and women on the other.
- The religious service concludes with the partaking of kara parshad by the congregation (kara parshad: sanctified food, blessed by the Guru, made of whole wheat flour, butter, and sugar). Please take the parshad graciously and not refuse it or throw it away. When it is served, feel free to say to the serving volunteer if you so desire, “a very small portion, please.”
- The religious service is followed by langar in the Langar Hall.
- Please help us in keeping the Gurdwara clean and respectable by not littering on the premises.
- If you have any questions, feel free to ask any Sikh representative in the congregation at the end of the service.