The Guru Nanak Foundation of Tidewater (formerly the Sikh Society of Hampton Roads) emerged in the early 1980s. It began simply with a group of ten families who gathered in one another’s homes to worship together.
Prayer meetings were held in homes where a Guru Granth Sahib Ji was or a family with access to the sacred text would bring it to another family’s home for worship.
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Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded in Northern India (State of Punjab) and is based on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji (Founder of Sikhism) and his successors.
The Sikh philosophy focuses on the equality of all people and is said to be summed up by Guru Nanak de Ji as, “Realization of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living.”
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A Gurudwara is the place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship. The literal meaning of the Punjabi word Gurudwara is ‘the residence of the Guru’, or ‘the door that leads to the Guru’.
In a modern Gurudwara, the Guru is not a person, but the holy book of Sikh scriptures called the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. It is the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji that gives the Gurudwara its religious status, so any building containing the holy book is a Gurudwara. Although a Gurudwara may be called the residence of the Guru (meaning the residence of God), Sikhs believe that God is present everywhere.