Welcome to the Sikh Society of Minnesota Gurdwara Sahib

Gurdwara means "guru's door" is a place of worship for Sikhs. The word Sikh (pronounced "sickh") means 'disciple' or 'learner'. The Sikh religion called Sikhism was founded five hundred years ago in Northern India in the fifteenth century (1469) by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and is distinct from Islam and Hinduism. The almost 25 million Sikhs worldwide constitute the fifth largest religion in the world. Sikhism is monotheistic and stresses the equality of all men and women. Sikhs believe in three basic principles; meditating on the name of God (praying), earning a living by honest means as well as sharing the fruits of one's labor with others. Sikhism emphasizes selfless service to humanity. Sikhs have unshorn hair, beards and moustaches as a gift of God and a mark of Sikh identity. Turbans are worn to cover long hair and with respect to God. People from all faiths, and those who do not profess any faith are welcomed in Gurdwara. It is centrally located in Bloomington about 10 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Gurdwara is open daily however, regular services are held on Friday evenings and Sundays. The prerequisite for entering a Gurdwara are removing shoes and covering one's head with a handkerchief, scarf, or other cloth. Kirtan (singing of hymns) is conducted in Gurmukhi (language of Sikh Scriptures) and English translation is displayed on the screens. A free community vegetarian meal is served after each service. The Sikh community invites all people to join them in bringing mutual understanding and deep respect for all people. Non-Sikh visitors are always welcome! Please stop by or email to schedule a visit.

Sikhs at a Glance

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  • 99 percent of people wearing turbans in the U.S. are Sikhs from India
  • Sikhs have been in the U.S. for over 100 years
  • There are roughly 700,000 Sikhs in the U.S. today
  • Sikhism is the world's fifth largest religion with 25 million adherents worldwide
  • Sikhs believe in one God, equality, freedom of religion, and community service
  • Sikhs cover their uncut hair with a turban
  • The Sikh turban represents a commitment to equality and justice
  • Sikhism is a distinct religion, separate from Hinduism and Islam

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