The Sikh Temple

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Plans to build a Sikh temple in Johor Bahru started in 1916 and the first Sikh Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) was constructed in late 1921. It has grown in size over the years to cater for the growing Sikh population. To enter the upstairs temple area, I first had to remove my sun hat, my shoes, and my socks. I then had to cover my head with a small scarf which made me feel more like a pirate! When upstairs, I had to wash my hands and feet and then entered the worship area. Devotees would approach the Darbar Sahib, pray, then sit on the floor to listen to the music (Ragas) and words of the Ragaas. Ladies sat on the left and gentlemen on the right.

The temple has a Darbar Sahib where the holy scripture, the Guru Granth Sahil, is placed on a takat (an elevated throne) in a prominant central position. This is seen in the photo below where the Guru Granth Sahil is under the yellow clothe. 

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There was a large dining area (a langar hall) on the ground floor and a kitchen with huge pots and pans to service the diners.

Here are the charming guys who escorted me into the Sikh temple.

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