Please dress appropriately so that you can comfortably and with decency sit on the carpeted floor. It is recommended that all visitors to the Gurdwara wear loose fitting clothing which covers most of your legs. Low hanging or tight-fitting pants/trousers/shorts/skirts may not be suitable. Please try sitting on the carpeted floor at home for a short period to see if the clothing is suitable.
All visitors entering the Main Prayer Hall, called the Darbar Sahib and the Dining (Langar) Hall will have to remove their shoes and place them in the shoe racks provided.
Strictly No Smoking is allowed in or in the vicinity of the Gurdwara premises. Visitors cannot enter the Gurdwara while under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs. You should not take cigarettes or tobacco with you into the premises or smoke while near the Gurdwara or soon before going into the Gurdwara.
Everyone (Sikhs and Non-Sikhs) MUST cover their heads while in the main Gurdwara areas. Head covering for men/boys will normally be available in the Gurdwara, but a large-knotted handkerchief is acceptable. Other hats and caps (eg baseball-style caps) are not appropriate. Women/Girls will need to wear a headscarf. The Gurdwara usually has a box of scarves, but you could bring your own headscarf for this purpose.
Usually, men sit on one side and women on the other side.
Chairs are not provided in the Gurdwara and so, when sitting, this will be on the carpeted floor both in the Main Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib) and in the Langar Hall. (A few chairs may be available in the Langar Hall for visitors who have difficulty sitting on the floor due to old age or other medical conditions).
On first entering the large prayer room (called the Darbar Sahib), a small bow to the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book) shows respect to the host community. Backs should not be turned on the Guru Granth Sahib or the soles of the feet pointed towards the Sikh holy book when sitting on the carpet. It is normal to sit cross-legged yoga style. It may be a good idea to practice this at home if possible before your trip to the Gurdwara.
Kindly switch off any mobile devices prior to entering the Darbar Sahib.
To avoid disruption to those who are listening attentively, kindly refrain from talking inside the Darbar Sahib. Everyone is encouraged to sing along with Shabad Keertan.
Visitors will usually be offered Kara Parshad (sweet flour and butter-based food offered as a gift) in the worship hall, which is usually given in cupped hands and eaten with the right hand. If you are uncertain about your ability to eat a lot of this food – Say “very small portion” to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Kara Parshad. You should take a small plastic bag (or ask for one from the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Kara Parshad) to save your Kara Parshad if it is not to your taste.
Please do not refuse it or throw it away.
You may be offered Langar (vegetarian food from the communal kitchen). If not too certain about consuming this food, you can ask to be excused although most people should take langar as it is regarded as a blessing by the Guru. When in the [[Langar Hall], it is better to ask for less rather than take too much and waste the food. Say “very little” to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Langar. If you require more then just wait for the Sewadar to come around.