Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina, Inc.

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 28 October 2013.

Phone: 919-220-2004
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Activities and Schedule

The gurdwara is open Friday and Saturday for more informal worship, and Sunday for its main program, running from approx. 11 am to 2 pm. Worship includes chanting from the holy book of the Sikhs (the guru-granth), short talks, and veneration of the sacred book. Following the service is a communal meal, which is not only a time for socializing and strengthening of community bonds, but also a symbol of the spiritual fellowship and unity of the community. The gurdwara usually also operates a childrens’ programs during the main Sunday worship. Each summer the gurdwara also sponsors a youth educational camp to encourage the development of strong Sikh identity among adolescents and children. Youths from other gurdwaras and other regions also attend these camps.

Affilations and History:

The SGNC has an informal association with the Atlantic Coast Sikh Association, also based in Durham, NC. The two groups are the result of a split in 1985, and they represent the only two Sikh groups in North Central North Carolina. The nature of the split concerned the response to the martyrdom of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a Sikh figure whose death at Indian military hands resulted in violent retaliation by Sikhs against Hindus. The SGNC adapted a more strident tone, and is today the more conservative of the two gurdwaras. Its building was dedicated in honor of St. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The community broke ground for the gurdwara in 1983, opened the center in 1985, and completed the building in 1994. Additional details are listed above.