Largest Sikh Gathering Outside of India to Celebrate 300 Years of the Guru Granth Sahib

October 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer


An estimated 50,000 people from all over the UK gathered in Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on 29 September, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Sikh holy scriptures. Organised by the East Midlands Council of Gurdwara's, the day will now be known as having the largest gathering of Sikhs in one place outside of India. Free hot food (langar) was served to all attendees throughout the day which represents important tenants in the Sikh faith, these include, serving others, equality and sharing.

Amongst the highlights of the event were a 19th Century Sikh Cannon from the Army of Maharjah Ranjit Singh, as well as the world's smallest Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji which is the size of a wrist watch. Crowds could also see Sikh martial arts demonstrations throughout the day.

Mr Sarbjeet Singh Landa a member of the East Midlands Council of Gurdwaras said, "I am overwhelmed at the response for this great event from all around the country which has exceeded all expectations. We even have attendees from Canada, Spain and India".