Langar Page 1/ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਲੰਗਰ

Langar: The free community meal served at (Sikh) Gurdwaras for all visitors regardless of caste, class or creed.

It is a potent symbol of social equality taught by the Sikh Gurus. The Langar or free kitchen for all, attached to all Gurdwaras across the world is a unique institution.

It was introduced far back in the 15th century when it was aimed at removing the distinctions of caste, creed and status in society. Since then it has endured through all the ups and downs in the history of Sikhism. It is as popular today as it was during the time of Guru Nanak who established it and was further promoted by Maataa Kheevee Ji, the wife of second Guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji and also by Guru Amar Das Ji. It has developed the spirit of discipline and service among the Sikhs and the Will to give away something in the cause of Service to humanity. It created and has maintained feelings of brotherhood and equality among all humans ( Children, women and men from all walks of life). In Langar, all sit, either on floor mats ( traditional way associated with humility) or on chairs and tables without any distinction of status, class or caste to eat food cooked and served by persons without any distinction of caste, creed or status in society.

Pangat: People sitting together to eat food, either on floor mats( traditional way associated with humility) or on chairs with tables, is called a pangat. The Langar gives us a glimpse of real Sikhism, both in theory and also in practice. This is a place where there is equality among all humans, where there is Will to serve others selflessly, where everyone is welcomed to share food with others, where there is a true feeling of being children of one God.

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