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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP

STATELY SIKH TEMPLES

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan & Johor

 
 

SIKH TEMPLES

SIKH GURDWARAS REFLECT GRANDEUR

& SUBTLE CHARM

 

Sikhism is the youngest of the world religions; it is barely 500 years old. Most members of the Sikh community in Malaysia came to this country during the British era to serve in the police force.

 

The word Sikh comes from the Sanskrit word shishya which means disciple. Every Sikh child is tutored in the Punjabi language and therefore is able to understand the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Book of the Sikhs. Sikhism has five symbols which are vital to the strength and unity of the religion. All Sikhs are to have Kesh (unshorn hair as a symbol of holiness), Kirpan (a ceremonial sword as an emblem of courage), Kara (a steel bracelet to symbolise strength and integrity), Kanga (a comb to symbolise cleanliness and order) and Kachhera (an undergarment that symbolises self-control and chastity).

 

Another characteristic symbol of a gurdwara is the Sikh symbol at the entrance and at the apex of the roof. This symbol is made up of a doubleedged sword surrounded by a wheel - the former symbolises spritual values and divine justice while the latter indicates the oneness of God. Flanking the wheel are two daggers representing the temporal, secular and spiritual powers. The Sikhs believe and worship the one and only God who is formless. Hence, idol worship is denounced by the Sikh scriptures. A gurdwara is divided into several areas, such as the sachkhand (the holiest room where the scriptures are housed during the night), the darbar or main hall and the langgar hall where meals are prepared and served.

 

Occupying an important spot in the gurdwara is the Guru Granth Sahib, which is placed on a dais that generally faces the entrance. The holy book is highly revered and is covered with a romalla (silk cloth) when not in use. There are more than 100 gurdwaras throughout Malaysia. Perak has the highest number of gurdwaras, which amounts to more than thirty while Selangor has nineteen. Kuala Lumpur has eleven, Pahang has seven, Negeri Sembilan and Johor have six each. The states of Sabah and Sarawak however, have a smaller number of gurdwaras.

 

One of the most widely recognised symbols of the Sikh faith is the turban, worn by men. The Sikh place of worship is known as a Gurdwara which means ?the house of God?. In Sikhism, congregational prayer is as important as individual prayer. An advisory body called The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council was formed in 1988. It serves as a platform to promote the religious, cultural, social, educational and economical interests of the Sikh community.   The distinctive features of a gurdwara include a flagpole outside the building, called a nishan sahib. It flies a triangular flag with the Sikh insignia; a calligraphic symbol created from two Punjabi letters which means ?God is the eternal reality?. Some gurdwaras have domes.

 
FESTIVALS
 
  • The main festival for the Sikh community is the New Year, called ?Vasakhi?. It is celebrated to herald happiness and is associated with the harvest season. Traditionally, the celebration involves prayers at home and in the temples, and devotees observe a vegetarian diet. ?Bhangra? (a traditional dance) and ?gatka? (Sikh martial arts) are also performed during the celebrations.

  • Sikh celebrations include birthdays of the Sikh Gurus, installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, ?Nam Karan? (naming of a child), ?Amrit Sanskar? (Baptism) and ?Akhand Path? (the non-stop cover-to-cover reading of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to commemorate any joyous occasion or in times of hardship). Some of these celebrations last for days.

 
 
DO'S & DON'TS
 
1.

Sikhism is an egalitarian religion and everyone is welcomed to enter the temple.

 
2.

Visitors are advised to dress modestly. Ladies are required to cover their heads.

 
3.

Visitors must remove their shoes before entering.

 
4.

Do note that the seating area is separated by gender

 
 
 

 
KUALA LUMPUR
 

One famous gurdwara in the capital city is the Tatt Khalsa Diwan. Located at the heart of Kampung Baru, it is one of the city?s more discreet attractions. The facade of the gurdwara is inspired by the timeless architecture of the Golden Temple of Amritsar in India. It houses the largest, and possibly one of the finest, prayer halls in Southeast Asia.

 
 
 
NEGERI SEMBILAN
 

The Gurdwara Sahib Seremban located at Jalan Yam Tuan, Seremban, is not only visited by the Sikh community, but also tourists. As it is situated beside other places of worship, visitors here will also be able to see a mosque, a church, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple, all within walking distance. The Gurdwara Sahib in Mantin is one of the busiest gurdwaras during Sikh festivals.

 
 
 
JOHOR
 

Situated right at the heart of Johor Bahru is the elegant Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru. It was originally an old timber structure built about 90 years ago. This gurdwara was later rebuilt in the 1960s. The Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru was founded by Sikh policemen. Other gurdwaras in the state are situated in Batu Pahat, Pontian, Segamat and Muar.

 
 
 
 

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan & Johor

STATELY SIKH TEMPLES

PLACES OF WORSHIP