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Langar

Etiquette for those attending Langar for the 1st time:

  1. Keep your head covered
  2. Wash hands before serving or partaking
  3. No shoes are to be worn
  4. Don’t leave un eaten food
  5. Everyone one sits on the floor, unless you have a disability that would keep you from doing so.

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Below is an article about what is “What is Langar.”

langarThe Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, color, creed, age, gender or social status. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind. "..the Light of God is in all hearts." (sggs 282)
For the first time in history, Guruji designed an institution in which all people would sit on the floor together, as equals, to eat the same simple food. It is here that all people high or low, rich or poor, male or female, all sit in the same pangat (literally "row" or "line") to share and enjoy the food together.
The institution of Guru ka Langar has served the community in many ways. It has ensured the participation of women and children in a task of service for mankind. Women play an important role in the preparation of meals, and the children help in serving food to the pangat. Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary.
Everyone is welcome to share the Langar; no one is turned away. The food is normally served twice a day, every day of the year. Each week a family or several families volunteer to provide and prepare the Langar. This is very generous, as there may be several hundred people to feed, and caterers are not allowed. All the preparation, the cooking and the washing-up is done by volunteers and or by voluntary helpers (Sewadars).
Besides the Langars attached to gurudwaras, there are improvised open-air Langars at the time of festivals and gurpurbs. Specially arranged Langars on such occasions are probably the most largely attended community meals anywhere in the world. There might be a hundred thousand people partaking of food at a single meal in one such langar.
Wherever Sikhs are, they have established their Langars. In their prayers, the Sikhs seek from the Almighty the favour:
“Loh langar tapde rahin."
"May the iron pots of Langar be ever warm (in service).”
The Langar is run by sevadars 'volunteers doing selfless service’ Sikhs and others who wish to help. It is a community kitchen and anybody can help in its running. This function of Sewa results in a community feeling in peoples' minds as they drop their mask of ego. The feeling of "I" or "me" is forgotten as they perform this valuable service to humanity.
The langar continued to perform its distinctive role, even in days of the direst persecution. Bands of Sikhs forced to wander in the deserts, jungles and mountains surrounding Punjab would cook whatever they could get, and sit in a pangat to share it equally even as they risked their lives as they dogged the trains and caravans of the Durranis, raiders who came to India for its treasures taking away the young men and women whether Sikh, Hindu or Jain as plunder to be sold in Afghanistan as slaves. Whatever food they had was shared with them all. Later, when the Sikhs came into power, the institution of langar was further consolidated because of increased number of gurudwaras running langar. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was generous in rebuilding many Gurudwaras that had been damaged in the wars and was generous in assigning sizeable jagirs to support them. He also ordered many more Gurudwaras built.

The Langar must be:

  1. Simple vegetarian meals
  2. Prepared by devotees who recite Gurbani while preparing the langar
  3. Served after performing Ardas
  4. Food distributed in Pangat without any prejudice or discrimination
  5. All food must be fresh, clean and hygienically prepared

Bhai Desa Singh in his Rehitnama says, "A Sikh who is 'well to do' must look to the needs of his poor neighbours. Whenever he meets a traveller or a pilgrim from a foreign country, he must serve him devotedly.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh made grants of jagirs to gurudwaras for the maintenance of langars. Similar endowments were created by other Sikh rulers as well. Today, practically every gurudwara has a langar supported by the community in general. In smaller gurudwaras cooked food received from different households may comprise the langar. In any case, no pilgrim or visitor will miss food at meal time in a gurudwara. Sharing a common meal sitting in a pangat is for a Sikh is an act of piety. So is his participation in cooking or serving food in the langar and in cleaning the used dishes. The Sikh ideal of charity is essentially social in conception. A Sikhis under a religious obligation to contribute one-tenth of his earnings (daswand) for the welfare of the community. He must also contribute the service of his hands whenever he can, service rendered in a langar being the most meritorious.
The last words of Guru Gobind Singh before before he passed away at Nanded were, Keep the langar ever open , his final wish requwsted of Bhai Santokh Singh. One of the lines in Guru ji's Dasam Granth reads: “Deg tegh jag me dou chalai—may langar (charity) and sword (instrument of securing justice) together prevail in the world.” The first Sikh coin minted in the eighteenth century carried the Guru's maxim in Persian: “Deg tegh fateh—may langar and sword be ever triumphant.”

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