Golden Temple


The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), located in the city of Amritsar, India is a Sikh gurdwara (place of worship). It is the most well-known gurdwara and is considered a sacred place by Sikhs. It was first constructed in 1604 and was later rebuilt in 1764.

Located inside many gurdwaras are common kitchens/canteens known as a langar. At the langar, food is served to all visitors regardless of faith or background. Vegetarian food is often served to ensure that all people, even those with dietary restrictions, can eat together as equals.

The largest langar is found at the Golden Temple. It typically feeds roughly 40,000 people a day for free. On religious holidays and weekends, the langar can feed upwards of 100,000 people a day. This incredible feat is made possible through donations and volunteers. Below you will learn about the entire process at the Golden Temple from preparation to cleaning. 


 The Preparation
- About 90% of the staff is made up of volunteers (known as sewadars) that can
help out for as long as they like
- Volunteers can assist with food prep such as peeling garlic or hand rolling rotis
- Large flour grinders located under the kitchen process up to 12,000 kg of flour a day
- Large vats of lentils require 1-2 people to stir
- On busy holidays, the kitchen will use their automatic roti machine which can produce 25,000 rotis/hour
- Once the food is prepared, it is placed into smaller containers so volunteers can carry around the dining hall and serve










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