The Gurdwara is a doorway into the guru’s house. The term is derived from Punjabi, where a “guru” is referred to as “a teacher or a spiritual guide” and “dwara” refers to as “a door”. A Sikh Gurdwara welcomes all, without any discrimination for caste, color or creed. However it is necessary that all entering a Gurdwara remove their shoes, wash their hands and cover their heads. Consumption of alcohol, cigarettes or any other intoxicant is forbidden on the Gurdwara premises.
The Gurdwara at Richmond, Virginia
The Gurdwara at Richmond, Virginia is located on the south side of the city, just off the Chippenham Parkway (Route 150), tucked in a serene corner of a wooded 33 acre lot. The Gurdwara has a full time Granthi, Bhai Kuljit Singh. Visitors are welcome at any time during the day. Regular services are conducted on Sundays followed by a community kitchen, the Langar. In 2007, a residence for the Gurdwara Granthi was constructed on the premises.Get directions for the Gurdwara from here. Initially Sikh services were held once a month in various community centers under the leadership of the late Col. Surjit Singh Bawa. In 1984, the community decided to form a formal organization – the Sikh Association of Central Virginia. As more people moved to the area, a plot of land was purchased in Chesterfield county, next to Richmond. The community then raised money for the Gurdwara. Construction of the present building started in 2000 and was completed in May of 2002. Bhai Kuljit Singh Ji joined as our Granthi in 2003.