The Temple is wonderful in a simple, yet comfortable way. Shoes are left at the doors, people enter in bare feet. There is a foot bath area to clean yourself with. Chanting, lots of sing-song chanting. The smell of tandori and curry lunch. The big wide open space of the worship hall. Men on the left, women and children on the right. Heads covered with elegant scarves. A long red path through the center to the altar. Heads bowed, worshippers kneel in prayer. Pink, white, sparkles, glitter, chants and prayers. Heavenly carpet under your feet. Worshippers sit on on this carpet, legs folded or wrapped underneath. The wall, the coveted position. Incredible silk of every color – a delight to the eyes and senses. I need a Sari. The chant ends. The music begins. People wander in and out – the service is very fluid. Prayers flash on screens – English and Hindi. The hall fills up with the faithful. So amazingly different for us.
This is a place where I wish, wish, wish I could have taken photos. We were “on time” which really wasn’t necessary and over the course of a couple of hours the hall filled with colors so vibrant, so beautiful. The altar was covered in shimmery pink with iridescent white and gold. The fabrics, simply amazing. You will have to just go see for yourself. Bring a beautiful scarf and be prepared to sit on the plush carpet! If you forget a scarf – they do have extra at the door.
Mimi and Candace wandered out to play with the children. Everyone was so welcoming to them. They learned that Sikhs are from the Punjab region of Northern India. On our way out a nice man stopped to chat and told us that Sikh means “to learn” and that they believe in one God and that everyday they are learning. Their web site tells us a Sikh is a disciple or a student, who is engaged in learning higher truths of life, he who believes in one Universal God, he who loves all people whatever their race or faith and judges them by their deeds.
I am learning too. A fascinating day.
I am having a lot of trouble with the link but the address is 4950 W. Tonopah Drive in Glendale. I will try another day to add it in. Here is a link to learn more about Sikhism: http://www.religionfacts.com/sikhism/index.htm