Sikhs in US inaugurate $3 mn gurdwara (Lead)

April 25th, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 25 (IANS) Sikhs in Reno, Nevada, started the move to a newly-built $3 million gurdwara by carrying the holy Guru Granth Sahib in a procession from the old temple building. Inaugural ceremonies that started with a three-day “akhand path” — non-stop recital of the Sikh scripture - will conclude Saturday.

The two-storey gurdwara spread over 2.4 acres is topped with a golden dome on the pattern of traditional Sikh temple architecture.

Besides the large main hall, the gurdwara also has a hall for community events and a kitchen to prepare langar (community lunch). It will have three large plasma screens showing transcripts in English and Punjabi languages of the priest’s readings from the holy scripture.

According to Amolak Singh Powar, president of the Reno Sikh Temple, the gurdwara will add more facilities for teaching Punjabi language and religious lessons.

Work on the building had started last year in August.

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