Sikh Gurdwaras Open Their Doors to the Public

November 28, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

On November 28, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "Sikh gurdwaras, or houses of worship, are always open to all who want to enter, but over the next several weeks many temples across the country are making a special effort to invite outsiders inside. The open houses are part of a continuing effort by Sikhs to educate the public about their 500-year-old religion and let people know they are not terrorists. The Sikhs have been singled out because of the distinctive turbans they wear. In Fremont, the open house, called 'Sharing your faith with your neighbors,' is scheduled for Dec. 6, and will include a video presentation on Sikhism and free food in the temple's langar, or community kitchen. In San Jose, temple leaders are scurrying to complete construction on a $20 million gurdwara at 3636 Murillo Ave., which is expected to be finished in January. Lay leader Bob Dhillon said they hope to host a grand opening then. The public invitations also coincide with the November birthday of the religion's founder, Guru Nanak, and were largely inspired by the fallout of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."