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Gurdwara Singh Sabha France Cult Sikh (GSSFCS)
What is Gurdwara Sahib
From the beginning of first Gurus, Sikh places of worship were known as Dharamsalas. These places were created in the purpose to hear together the Guru’s discourses and sing hymns. As the Sikh population continued to grow, The sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind sahib introduced the word Gurdwara, meaning the gateway through which the Guru could be reached. Thereafter all Sikh places of worship came to be known as Gurdwaras. Any place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed and treated with due respect can be referred to as a Gurdwara. Three main functions are carried out in all the Gurdwaras. The first one is the Gurbani Kirtan, which is the singing of hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib, another is the Katha, which means the recitation of Gurbani from Sri Guru Granth Sahib and its explanation. The third main function which is carried out at every Gurdwara is the Langar (free community kitchen) for all visitors of all religions regardless of their caste, creed or colour. Along with these main functions the Gurdwaras around the world also serve the Sikh community in many other ways including, libraries of Sikh literature, schools to teach children Panjabi in Gurmukhi script so as to enable them to read, understand and live up to the teachings of the Sikh Gurus and Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and the most important is the charitable work being carried out in every Gurdwara by the Sikh community around the globe. .
While entering the Gurdwara it is an obligation for everyone to remove their shoes and cover one’s bare head as a signs of respect towards the sovereignty of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The Hands are also required to be washed before entering and in most of the Historical and some other Gurdwaras, there are also feet washes. Approaching Sri Guru Granth Sahib, one is expected to bow down and touch the floor as a sign of further respect towards the Eternal Sikh Guru. The Offerings in cash or in any other form are usually made at this time to financially help the Gurdwara administration for the smooth, best and effective running of the Gurdwara and to carry on with the community work for the welfare of the whole human race. However these offerings are purely voluntary and not at all compulsory. All persons irrespective of their status sit on the floor as a sign of equality as opposed to chairs and the Guru Granth Sahib is always installed on a higher level. One may enter or leave the congregation at any time.