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Gurdwara protocol for anyone who wishes to enter:

  •   The Gurdwara has many visits by schools every semester, totalling 2000 students yearly. From elementary schools to universities, students from all over Canada are guided through a temple visit. Any particular tour of the Gurdwara consists of visiting the Main Hall where the Holy Scriptures are kept and daily ceremonies are carried out, a short presentation on the history and rules of the religion, a thorough question answer period, and a visit to the community kitchen (or Langar Hall) where all visitors are offered a meal and/or snack.  
  • All visitors to a Sikh Gurdwara should be aware of the following guidelines when visiting:
    • Please dress appropriately so that you can comfortably and with decency sit on the carpeted floor. It is recommended that all visitors to the Gurdwara wear loose fitting clothing which covers most of your legs.
    • All visitors entering the Main Prayer Hall, called the Darbar Sahib and the Dining (Langar) Hall will have to remove their shoes and place them in the shoe racks provided, remove any socks, and wash their hands and feet before they enter.
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      Non-Sikh and Sikh Visitors to a
      Gurdwara shown with their heads covered
      Strictly No Smoking is allowed in the vicinity of the Gurdwara premises. Visitors cannot enter the Gurdwara while under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs. You should not take cigarettes or tobacco with you into the premises or smoke while near the Gurdwara or soon before going into the Gurdwara.
    • All visitors MUST cover their heads while in the main Gurdwara areas ie: (Darbar Sahib and Langar Hall) Non-Sikh and Sikh Visitors to a Gurdwara shown with their heads covered.
      • Head covering for men and women will normally be available in the Gurdwara but a large knotted handkerchief is acceptable. (The Gurdwara may provide handkerchief sized cloth to cover the head). Other hats and caps (eg baseball-style caps) are not appropriate.
      • Chairs are not provided in the Gurdwara and so, when sitting, this will be on the carpeted floor both in the Main Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib) and in the Langar Hall.
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        View of a near-empty Langar Hall
        (Dining Hall) inside a Gurdwara
        View of a near-empty Langar Hall (Dining Hall) inside a Gurdwara other than for Handicap, disability or impairment.
      • On first entering the large prayer room (called the Darbar Sahib), a small bow to the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book) shows respect to the host community. Backs should not be turned on the Guru Granth Sahib or the soles of the feet pointed towards the Sikh holy book when sitting on the carpet. It is normal to sit cross-legged yoga style. It may be a good idea to practise this at home if possible before your trip to the Gurdwara.
      • Visitors will usually be offered Kara Parshad (sweet flour and oil based food offered as a gift) in the worship hall, which is usually given in cupped hands and eaten with the right hand. If you are uncertain about your ability to eat a lot of this food – Say "very small portion" to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Kara Parshad.
      • You may be offered Langar (vegetarian food from the communal kitchen). If not too certain about consuming this food you can ask to be excused although most people should take langar as it is regarded as a blessing by the Guru. When in the [[Langar Hall], it is better to ask for less rather than take too much and waste the food. Say "very little" to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Langar. If you require more later, just wait for the Sewadar to come around.

Feel free while in the Gurdwara Sahib. You can consult anybody for any information.