Rich History Of Langar
India as a nation is a miscellany of different cultures and religions and so is the work ethic at creative thinks media, a fact that no one can challenge. And it still lives like a joint community. The tradition of langar started by the Sikhs is a testimony to this. The Sikh community has never believed in decree when it comes to the concept of sharing food and langar is an example of how the Sikhs have tried to stay true to the principle of equality. Langar is the only place where you would find people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds eating together.
The engrossing part is that this historical convention has managed to survive through centuries. this tradition is Said to be started by Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Sikh gurus, the tradition was imbibed and honored by all his successors.
Guru Nanak Dev was given some money by his father for some business purposes. He was told that a good negotiation makes for good financial gain. He came across men who looked substandard or poor and wanted food. He used the money to feed the poor men, returning home with no profit. His only defense to his angry father was that true profit is found in selfless service.
At a time when the caste system had engulfed the Indian society, the thought behind langar was to provide a common place where people from different backgrounds, regardless of gender or religion or caste, could sit and dine together, consequently sustaining the idea of equality.
As a matter of fact, Guru Amar Das, the third guru, dictated that no one could meet the guru until and unless he/she sat for langar. According to certain testimonials, even Emperor Akbar had to sit for langar before meeting him and the ruler was extremely impressed by this practice.
In Today's time, every gurudwara you go to will have langar service. In fact, those who want to serve in the langar can also volunteer for the same. From taking part in cooking to serving people food, everything is single handedly taken care of by the volunteers. The most famous Sikh shrine or the gateway to the guru, Golden Temple, serves 40,000 to 80,000 people on weekdays and twice as much on weekends. We at CREATIVE THINKS MEDIA believe in unity and diversity hence we always try and promote the same by organizing common langar where irrespective of caste and creed, people can come and relish the guru Prasad.
TOP 10 BEST PLACES TO WITNESS COMMUNITY KITCHEN:-
1. Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
Nestled in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges in Leh, this Gurudwara is taken care of mainly by the Indian army staff of that area. Built-in the memory of Guru Nanak Ji, it exudes serenity and spirituality. It’s a very quaint and quiet Gurudwara, right by the highway, close to the starting point of many treks.
2. Bangla Sahib
With a massive golden dome, white marble buildings, intricate carvings made by artisans from across India, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is Delhi's shining glory.
3. Takht Shri Patna Sahib
Takht Shri Patna Sahib is the birthplace of Shri Guru Gobind Singh, the most celebrated guru of Sikhism. The Gurudwara, made out of pristine marble looks magnificent at any time of the day. The entire Gurudwara is lit up post-sunset and is a sight to behold.
4. Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
This Gurudwara on the banks of the River Yamuna is an important historic Gurudwara for the Sikhs in the memory of the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. When traveling from Vikasnagar or Herbertpur in Uttarakhand, as one crosses the bridge on the river, one enters Himachal Pradesh. The Aasan barrage and the flowing Yamuna add to the mystifying aura of the place.
5. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib
Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib is located on the edge of Mount Shivalik. River Sutlej flows nearby. It's the place where the last two Sikh gurus stayed and where Guru Gobind Singhji founded Khalsa Panth. It is one of the top five Sikh holy places and one of the top five Takhts of Sikh. The main building is massive, white color and situated at a higher altitude. The view of the village from the Gurudwara is mesmerizing.
6. Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji
Away from the hustle of the city, Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji has a breath-taking view, encircled by snow-capped mountains on all sides it exudes divine tranquility. The place is situated at an altitude of around 4650 meters in the Himalayas and is around 275 km from Rishikesh and you can get here either by bus or car. It also has a natural lake that is believed to have magical properties.
7. Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib Ji
Situated in between the mountains, by a river-side with a picturesque backdrop and a scenic view in the front, this Gurudwara has a hot cave
Inside. Even in the extreme cold weather, there are hot water springs inside where you will find hot boiling water throughout the year and they have a calming effect on your body.
8. Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Gurudwara.
One of the five takhts in Sikhism. It is located on the banks of the River Godavari at the city of Nanded in the state of Maharashtra, this Gurudwara is built at the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji left his earthly life. Gurudwara provides 24-hour langar and free accommodation to people irrespective of religion, caste and creed.
9. Golden Temple
The most famous Gurdwara, Golden Temple, also known as Darbar Sahib or Sri Harmandir Sahib is on the must-visit list of every traveler. It seems the gold in the temple represents the heart of every volunteer here too!
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We've all been to the gurudwara regardless of our religion and it is safe to say that a visit to the gurudwara has never been complete without the 'langar'. Community kitchen is all about being seated together with other people that you may be anonymous about and enjoying the simple food served to you. The solemn ceremony of sitting in a line and eating the daal which, by some means, tastes consistent and yummy in all gurudwaras and fresh Rotis manages to make us come back.