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Travelling in India - Gurudwara langars

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Hi guys,

I'm going to India later this month, and would really like to go to a Gurudwara and have langar. I've got a few questions though. I know that it is meant for needy people that cannot afford a meal. I'm a western man and could afford to pay for a meal. Is it culturally insensitive for me to come along? That's the opposite of what I want to do as I thought it would be a great cultural experience. Is there somewhere that I can donate in the Gurudwara to help?

Thanks for any advice,

Toby

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On 2017-03-13 at 10:50 PM, Guest Toby said:

Hi guys,

I'm going to India later this month, and would really like to go to a Gurudwara and have langar. I've got a few questions though. I know that it is meant for needy people that cannot afford a meal. I'm a western man and could afford to pay for a meal. Is it culturally insensitive for me to come along? That's the opposite of what I want to do as I thought it would be a great cultural experience. Is there somewhere that I can donate in the Gurudwara to help?

Thanks for any advice,

Toby

Contrary to popular belief langar is not meant only for charity. It's a way for all sangat to sit together on equal level and break bread together. It's a way to do service for others and by everyone sharing the same meal and sitting together on the floor it puts equality and service into action. Langar is open to everyone of any religion or background and you will never be turned away or seen in bad light. So go and enjoy! Even volunteer to serve for a bit or help with dishes if you'd like to have the whole experience!

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Might sound like one of those super fatties you see eating the Langar, you know the ones who do nothing else except munch on food and gossip but here goes.

Definitely try the Langar at Harmandir Sahib, had the honour of visiting Nanaksar too and the Langar there was amazing (this was when I was a kid though) and Patasi are just to die for.

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