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Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick is named after Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru, or teacher, of the Sikh religion.

The Gurdwara is the second oldest Sikh temple in Britain. It is the centre of worship for Sikhs in Birmingham and is open 24 hours a day.

Members of the community provide food for the langer or free kitchen. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of their status or background and people sit on the floor as an expression of equality.

Though primarily a religious institution, the Gurdwara also acts as a centre for community activities. Facilities include:

    • A library

    • Legal advice and a police surgery

    • Karate lessons for the young and

    • Punjabi classes

Picture of the 
Gura Nanak Gurdwara 
in Smethwick

(This section on the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick was originally part of a Millennibrum Supplement in the Evening Mail Monday December 4, 2000 p 29).

Initially there were laws which restricted the opening times for Mosques, Temples and Gurdwaras. However, the establishment of the Birmingham Council of Faiths in the 1970s was instrumental in helping to breakdown such barriers.

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