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Indianapolis, February 4, 2006 Indiana Living
JOE VITTI / The Star

Visit the Gurdwara Sahib (Temple) near Indianapolis any day of the week and you'll likely see a wedding, memorial service or cultural event taking place

Built in 1999, the Gurdwara is home base for many Sikhs who call Central Indiana home. Though small in number here, Sikhs make up the fifth-largest religion in the world.
If you want to enter the Gurdwara, custom demands that you take off your shoes and cover your head with a scarf or turban.

During a recent service inside the diwan hall, musicians played the harmonium, tablas and other percussion instruments, giving voice to the hymns in the Sikh scriptures. There are 5,867 hymns enshrined in the scriptures, including nearly 900 from Muslim and Hindu saints of various castesParticipants walk to the raised canopied platform, on which the sacred scriptures are placed under brocaded silks. There they pray and make an offering. Later in this service, Giani Pritam Singh, the Granthi or head priest of the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis, reads from the scriptures and then leads the group in prayer.
At the end of the service, a whole-wheat flour pudding is given to the participants in a "sacrament/blessed offering."

After the service, North Indian vegetarian lunch is served in the langar hall. Lunch includes chapatis bread, rice, lentils, spinach puree and other vegetable combinations, including yogurt, and rice pudding or other favorite desserts

Gurdwara Sahib building was built in 1999 north of I-74/Acton Road interchange. It has a large diwan hall, langar hall, library and children's playground

Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis

10950 Southeastern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46239

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Holy words: Giani Pritam Singh, the Granthi or head priest of the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis, read from the Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, during Sunday services at the Gurdwara Sahib of Indianapolis near Acton in southeast Marion County.