Sikhs Prepare to Open Gurdwara in Northwest Phoenix

March 29, 2006

Source: SikhNet News/The Arizona Republic!OpenDocument

On March 29, 2006 The Arizona Republic reported, "The Nishkam Seva Sikh temple in northwest Phoenix possesses a resilient spirit, much like the devotees who soon will fill its prayer hall. Blackened earth shows where a recent brush fire scorched a hillside just a few feet from the temple. Thieves struck the construction site six or seven times last year, making off with tools, copper wiring and even a generator. And a dispute between Phoenix and Glendale over how to provide the temple with utilities has left the completed structure sitting empty for months. But later this spring, hundreds of Sikhs will file into the gurdwara at the base of the Hedgepeth Hills north of Loop 101... The 19,000-square-foot gurdwara, or temple... marks an important milestone in the Sikh community's efforts to weave itself in the fabric of mainstream culture... It is one of two Sikh temples under construction in Phoenix. The second is the Guru Nanak Dwara Gurdwara, near Ninth and Oak streets in central Phoenix's Coronado district... another temple, Arizona Sikh Gurdwara, is just blocks away. With about 1,500 families settled throughout the Valley and more moving here every year, Sikh leaders wanted to build a gurdwara away from the community core near downtown."