ABOUT GURDWARA SIKH SANGAT
Gurdwara means the "guru's door". A gurdwara is the Sikh meeting place for worship. The members of the congregation, welcome all people to worship in the gurdwara regardless of caste, color, or creed.
Built as the congregational Harley Street Chapel in 1854, this building was converted to Mile End and Bow Great Synagogue and Talmud Torah in 1927 and in 1977 it became a Sikh Gurdwara, The Gurdwara Sikh Sangat.
The door to the Guru's house of worship is always open and welcoming to the worshiper regardless of caste, colour or creed.
Step inside the Gurdwara and you are welcomed with warmth and totally taken in by the dabar sahib and bow before the Guru Granth Sahib in a moment of humility.
Gurdwara Sikh Sangat has two Darbar Sahib's, the main Darbar Sahib can cater for large capacities while Diwan Hall Baba Buda Sahib Ji is used for additional services. Go to our Langer Booking page to request a Langar or Akhand Path Sahib Ji. The Gurdwara also has two langar halls, a Library and a lift to the first floor Darbar Sahib for the elderly. We also have seperate quarters where the Giani Ji's reside.
GURDWARA SIKH SANGAT ARSON ATTACK
On the afternoon of 16TH March 2009 a major incident took place which sent shock waves through the Sikh community across the world and left them in mourning. The Grade II-listed Gurdwara building was set alight by an intruder who was spotted and chased out by worshippers at approximately 2pm that day. This dark day will remain in everyone’s hearts as an act of disrespect and hatred towards a religious place of worship, not just the Sikh community but society as a whole were horrified with this horrific act on humanity.
75% of the building was destroyed and more importantly several Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s were caught up in the fire. A heart breaking funeral service took place days later where the Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s were laid to rest in peace. The Gurdwara’s Management committee managed to restore parts of the building and remained opened as a place of worship, showing the culprits that our faith will not be beaten and it will only make us stronger.
After those dark days there’s light and hope at the end of the tunnel. The Sangat donated funds and after hours and hours of sewa, the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat was reopened in June 2013. The Sangat pulled together and became even stronger as a community and with the help of God we have rebuilt the Gurdwara fit for purpose.
Up to 2,000 worshipers took part in a procession to mark the reopening of the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat. Members of the Sikh community walked from the Gurdwara through Mile End, Stepney Green and Bethnal Green where worshipers handed out food to local people along the way.
We can’t forget the past, but with the commitment, support and faith from our Sikh community and God, we have together contributed in rebuilding the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat for the bright future.
The culprit or culprits are yet to be brought to justice, if you have any information regarding the incident, please contact the Police or a member of the Gurdwara management committee.