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For the Sikh practice, see Langar (Sikhism). ... The practice of the Sikh way of life has been laid out by the Gurus in simple, precise and practical manner. ... Image File history File links Khanda. ...

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Langar (Punjabi: ਲੰਗਰ) is the term used in the Sikh religion for the free, vegetarian-only food served in a Gurdwara and eaten by everyone sitting as equals. It is also a common term used across various units in the Indian Army, when referring to a mess, especially when there is no building and the food is served in open air (or through temporary arrangements like tents). “Punjabi” redirects here. ... Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is a religion that began in fifteenth century Northern India with the teachings of Nanak and nine successive human gurus. ... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Mess (disambiguation). ...


Langar is also a fundamental element of Sufism, especially the Chishti Order. Langar is served in the precincts of a Sufi Dergah in the Langar Khana and is served out of a massive pot called a "Deg," and is not necessarily vegetarian. [1], [2], [3] For the Sikh practice, see Langar (Sikhism). ... Sufism is a mystic tradition within Islam and encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to divine love and the cultivation of the heart. ... The Chishti Order was founded by Khwaja Abu Ishaq Shami (the Syrian) (d. ... ... A Langar Khana is the place in a Sufi Dergah where free food called Langar is distributed to all, and where food is prepared to be given to the poor. ...


Langar is also a practice of the Ravidasi faith, and follows the same format as the Sikh practice. For the Sufi practice of Langar, see Langar (Sufism). ... Har The members of the Ravidassi religion believe in Guru Ravidas or Raidas as their founding prophet. ... Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi] A Sikh (English: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ...


The Sikh practice of Langar was introduced by Guru Nanak to break elements of the caste system that was prevalent in India during the 13th and 14th centuries. Langar is an important practice of Sewa and symbolizes the desire of Sikhs to eradicate hunger. Sikhs are encouraged to donate ten percent (daswandh) or any amount they wish to of their wealth, time, or resources to a worthy cause, of which Langar is one. Guru Nanak (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ, Devanagari: गुरु नानक) (20 October 1469 - 7 May 1539), the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Gurus of the Sikhs, was born in the village of Talwandi, now called Nankana... Caste systems are traditional, hereditary systems of social restriction and social stratification, enforced by law or common practice, based on endogamy, occupation, economic status, race, ethnicity, etc. ... (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... SEWA is the Self-Employed Womens Association of India, a trade union founded in 1972 after a split in the Textile Labour Association. ...


At Langar, only vegetarian food is served. This is done to ensure that all people, with whatever dietary restrictions will feel welcome to eat as equals.


The Sikh Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind. "..the Light of God is in all hearts."[4] Guru Nanak (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ, Devanagari: गुरु नानक) (20 October 1469 - 7 May 1539), the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Gurus of the Sikhs, was born in the village of Talwandi, now called Nankana...


For the first time in history, Guruji designed an institution in which all people would sit together, as equals, to eat the same simple food. It is here that all people high or low, rich or poor, male or female, all sit in the same pangat (literally "row" or "line") to share and enjoy the food together.


The institution of Guru ka Langar has served the community in many ways. It has ensured the participation of Sikhs in a task of service for mankind, even Sikh children help in serving food to the pangat. Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary. Langar (Punjabi: ) is the term used in the Sikh religion for the free, vegetarian-only food served in a Gurdwara and eaten by everyone sitting as equals. ...

Langar service at the Gurdwara at Forum 2004 in Spain
Volunteers preparing langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.

Everyone is welcome to share the Langar; no one is turned away. The food is normally served twice a day, every day of the year. Each week a family or several families volunteer to provide and prepare the Langar. This is very generous, as there may be several hundred people to feed, and caterers are not allowed. All the preparation, the cooking and the washing-up is also done by voluntary helpers (Sewadars). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1023x541, 226 KB) Summary Photo taken by GNNSJ at their langar hall and gurdwara, Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1023x541, 226 KB) Summary Photo taken by GNNSJ at their langar hall and gurdwara, Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 1. ... Sewadar is a Punjabi word for a volunteer who offers his/her services to a Gurdwara or to the Community free of charge. ...


Besides the Langars attached to gurdwaras, there are improvised open-air Langars at the time of festivals and gurpurbs. Specially arranged Langars on such occasions are probably the most largely attended community meals anywhere in the world. There might be a hundred thousand people partaking of food at single meal in one such langar. Wherever Sikhs are, they have established their Langars. In their prayers, the Sikhs seek from the Almighty the favour: “Loh langar tapde rahin—may the hot plates of the langars remain ever in service.”

POETRY
Langar
by Kulwant Budwal
This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Sufi practice of Langar, see Langar (Sufism). ... Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi] A Sikh (English: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ...



In this life
fuelled by fleshly pleasures
in the pursuit of
materialistic comfort
I sit on the floor and eat
humbly, with rows of my people
For today I am in my Guru's house


References

  1. ^ http://www.searchsikhism.com/institution.html
  2. ^ http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1478-1913.2005.00115.x?cookieSet=1&journalCode=muwo
  3. ^ http://content.cdlib.org/xtf/view?docId=ft3p30056w&doc.view=content&chunk.id=d0e5583&toc.depth=1&anchor.id=0&brand=eschol
  4. ^ Guru Granth Sahib pg. 282

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Langar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
Langar (Punjabi: ਲੰਗਰ) is the term used in the Sikh religion for the service of Free Kitchen in a Gurdwara and eaten by everyone sitting as equals.
At Langar, vegetarian food is served to ensure that all people, regardless of religion and dietary restrictions (for example Jains, Jews, or Muslims), will feel welcome to eat as equals.
Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary.
Volunteer. Guru Ka Langar. Mata Khivi Made Langar a Reality. (581 words)
"Langar" is an open and a free kitchen at the Gurudwara serving food for all.
The Langar is prepared from the food donations that are made before the Guru Granth Sahib, a kitchen is set aside for this purpose.
Langar is also a venue to encourage voluntary service or Sewa for humanity.
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