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The Gurdwara is the sacred place of worship for Sikhs. There are many Gurdwaras established all over the Australia and the world, wherever there are Sikhs, there is bound to be a Gurudwara. The Sikhs' Holy Scripture known as Guru Granth Sahib is kept open daily in the main Congregation Hall. The Gurudwara is used for daily congregation and prayer, including recitation of Gurbani, kirtan, katha and preaching of Gurbani. It is open to all people without any discrimination, provided the person entering the Gurudwara Complex must neither possess nor be under the influence of alcohol, cigarettes or any other narcotics; must keep covering ones head with turban, dupata, chunni, keski or with a large scarf; take off footwear and socks; while entering the Congregation Hall, bow with humility before the Guru Granth Sahib; present voluntary contribution in a humble way and then sit down attentively on the carpet without any disturbance and listen to kirtan and katha.

Gurdwara is a place of worship chosen by the Guru for Sikhs for meeting and speaking about God and for public worship and divine knowledge. The Sikhs belive in, IK ONKAR (One God) and are against beliefs such as the caste system, witchcraft, Hathayoga, animism, idols, or priestcraft. The Gurdwara is a school in which members of the faith are trained in holiness through the philosophy espounded in the Guru's hymns of love and devotion. The hymns inculcate in the followers ideas of love, contentment, humility, the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, and purity of mind, body, thought, word and deed.

The Sikh Gurudwara is usually visible from a long way off because of its tall Nishan Sahib, (flag-pole), fully draped in saffron cloth with a saffron Nishan proudly fluttering in the skies with the Sikh Khanda in the Centre.

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