Siri Guru Singh Sabha Croydon
176 St James Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2BU
Telephone No 020 8688 8155 Registered Charity Number 1203036
Visiting an unfamiliar house of worship can be intimidating. Here are some tips to help you be respectful in your approach to visiting a Gurdwara.
1) Dress modestly and conservatively.
2) At a minimum, put your phone on silent mode.
2) Cover your head with a scarf or turban, we do have a limited number next to our entrance.
3) Remove your shoes and put them in the clearly displayed area.
4) Wash your hands.
5) On entering the diwan (prayer hall, upstairs) it is customary to acknowledge the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture). Most do this by walking to the front and bowing before it.
– if you do not feel comfortable bowing, it is appropriate to simply walk directly to where you would like to sit (on the floor). Chairs are provided at the rear if required.
– we all sit on the floor as a reminder we are all equal in the eyes of the Guru.
6) Try to avoid turning your back or pointing your feet towards the Guru Granth Sahib if at all possible.
7) Do not walk up or onto the podium or stage inside the diwaan hall.
8) It is common to make a donation (dasvandh) to support the Gurdwara’s activities.
9) Sikhs come to Croydon Gurdwara for prayer and meditation. Please be respectful and maintain a solemn demeanour, avoiding loud talking, laughter, or generally disruptive behaviour.
10) Be conscious of flash photography inside the diwaan hall. Although Gurdwaras do not typically prohibit photography, it is polite to ask.
11) Guru Ka Langar (community kitchen) is available for anyone who wishes. If you have any questions about the food then please ask. Sit on the floor if you are able to do so, but tables and chairs are available.
PLEASE ASK if you have any questions, most Gurdwara attendees will be happy to assist or find someone who can – if you look somewhat confused or inquisitive, it is likely our helpful team will approach you offering assistance.
Please note the following is prohibited on our premises, including the car park
– visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs
– visitors under the possession of alcohol or controlled drugs (including e-cigarettes)