Country's Largest Gurdwara Opens, Signifying Sikh Community's Prosperity

November 15, 2004

Source: New Kerala

Wire Service: IANS

On November 15, 2004 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Italy's largest gurdwara has opened in the northeastern city of Castel Gomberto in Vicenza province, a sign of the growing Sikh community in the country and their economic well-being. The new building of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara was purchased by the community in the countryside, where many of the community members live. There are some 3,000 Sikhs in Vicenza and their number is growing. The gurdwara, which was inaugurated on Nov 9, has large premises and has a modern kitchen and langar hall. The prayer hall on the first floor, where the Guru Granth Sahib is kept, can accommodate 1,000 people. There are some 60,000-70,000 Sikhs from Punjab in Italy and their number is growing. There are about 15 gurdwaras across the country - the oldest one being in Reggio Emilia in central Italy where many members of the community are engaged in agriculture."