SGNC Visitor Information

Welcome to The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina where visitors of all backgrounds are welcome regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or any other distinction. This page is designed to help first time visitors learn some basic protocols of the Gurudwara.

Gurudwara Facility:          

The Gurudwara Saheb is a two story building. First floor features the lobby, bathrooms, and a Langar Hall. The second floor is the main Diwan Hall where the services are held.

The facility provides free parking and handicap access. Due to our growing congregation, we do encourage visitors to car pool to the Gurudwara.

Our main hall is equipped with projector screens that display English translation of the prayers. While everyone sits on the floor for the main services and the lunch, we do provide benches and chairs for the handicapped. We, unfortunately, do not provide wheelchairs; however, we do have wheelchair access to both the upper main hall and the Langar hall. 

If you have special needs, please inform us ahead of your visit.

Our Gurudwara is open to visitors at all times; however, since services are held mainly on Sundays, it is best to visit the Gurudwara on Sunday. (Please see the program page for schedule.)

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What to wear to the Gurudwara: 

Please dress comfortably when you visit the Gurudwara. Most visitors do wear their Sunday bests; however, we encourage comfort over looks. Please keep in mind that we do sit on the floor for our services. You will notice that most ladies wear traditional Indian dress while men dress in more western cloths. However, our non-Sikh visitors should know that type of dress, color or anything of that nature is of no significance. We do suggest to ladies, however, not wearing short skirts as sitting on the floor can be uncomfortable.

It is mandatory to keep one's head covered while on the Gurudwara premises. Please consider bringing your own scarf or a shawl. If you do not bring one, we will provide you with one. We do not permit hats or caps.

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Arriving at the Gurudwara:

A Gurudwara is the doorstep (dwara) of the Guru. All are welcome. As you enter the building, you will be asked to remove shoes/socks. The lobby has shoe racks on each side for shoes and bathrooms right next to each shoe rack. Please wash your hands before proceeding upstairs.

Visitors are welcome to have some snacks from the Langar Hall as needed.

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Main Diwan Hall and General Flow of Services:

Stairs angle up from either side of the ground floor to the Diwan Hall. As you head up, please be sure to silence your cell phone and or pagers. Please be sure that your head is covered with a scarf or a turban.

Once upstairs, you will be facing a stage with a Manji, a seat, in the center. Over the Manji is a Chandoa, a canopy. A person is usually seated behind the Manji with a Chaor of fine white hair. All of these items are suitable for the throne of a King. (See image above)

On the Manji is placed Guru Granth Saheb Ji. To an average person, Guru Granth Saheb Ji may be a book; however, to the Sikhs, Guru is our God, our King, our saviour, and our guide all rolled into one. All of the pomp and show is to show devotion and respect.

We ask that visitors approach the Guru respectfully. Bowing before the Guru is encouraged as Guru is not just of Sikhs but of all humankind; however, it is not a requirement. We do not wish for visitors of other faiths to feel uncomfortable.

After bowing, please seat yourself to either side. During normal programming, a Granthi Singh or another member of Sangat is on the stage singing the hyms that are taken directly from Guru Granth Saheb. There are two projector screens on either side of the hall so that the visitors can read the translations of the hymns being sung line by line. If you are familiar with the words, you are encouraged to sing along.

At the conclusion of the program, there is a standing prayer led by a Granthi Singh. The entire congregation stands in attention with hands folded and facing the Guru Saheb. Once this standing prayer is completed, a response from Guru Granth Saheb is read aloud for all to hear. Again, the overhead projectors will display the Hukam, or Order, of Guru Saheb and its translation.

After the Hukam is read, Bhai Saheb takes a few moments to explain the Hukam in Punjabi, the native language of the Sikhs. And then a sweet is served, called Parshad, or "blessing," made of wheat flour, water, butter and sugar. We ask that visitors accept the Parshad with both hands and refrain from putting it on the floor. Often times, during the serving of Parshad, managment makes a few announcements. Visitors are also introduced to the congregation either by themselves or by their hosts.

Then it is off to Langar on the ground floor.

Please use the contact us page to contact our organization to arrange a visit to the Gurudwara. A member of our Public Relations Committee will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you and we welcome your visit!

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Program Schedule

Directions to Gurdwara Saheb 

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Frequently Asked Questions!

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