Visit to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara by L4 pupils

L4 pupils visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick, a Sikh place of worship, as part of their studies. They learned that Guru Nanak Gurdwara was the first and largest Gurdwara in Europe, opening on 31st July 1961. It is a huge building spanning a total area of about 70,000 square metres and inside the building there are three floors. The Gurdwara also has one of the largest congregations in the UK.

The visit started in the Langar Hall with a very early morning vegetarian meal of a selection of curries, rice and chapattis, enjoyed by all.  Pupils then learnt many interesting facts about Sikhism from their helpful guide as he gave them a tour around the Gurdwara.  They visited the gallery showing paintings depicting the history of Sikhism and learnt about the challenges Sikhism faced during the Guruship of Guru Tegh Bahadar and his unfortunate and gruesome ending.  The group also visited the main worship hall and absorbed the wonderful atmosphere with readings from the Guru Granth Sahib.