Sikh Gurdwara Groundbreaking in Kern County, California

December 7, 2002

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

On December 7, 2002 The Bakersfield Californian reported that "There are 10,000 followers of the Sikh faith in Kern County. They have never had their own temple. The building will be named after the second of the 10 prophets of the Sikh religion said Manbir Singh, the chairman of the committee organizing the temple construction effort. It will be called Gurdwara Guru Angad Darbar. And it will be a place of refuge and worship for the Sikh community, Singh said. The temple will eventually have room for a kitchen, a worship hall, religious education rooms and a library of sacred texts. Bakersfield Sikhs have worked hard to teach their neighbors about their beliefs since hate crimes against Sikhs multiplied after Sept. 11. Mayor Harvey Hall, who has brought Sikh speakers to city functions and prayers to City Council meetings, will be at the gurdwara today to cut the ribbon during the afternoon groundbreaking."