SRSofChicago.com would like to reachout to the community and welcome those interested in learning about the Sikh way of life, beliefs, meet with local Sikhs, and experience how Sikhs worship.
We have volunteers who help conduct individual tours for students as well as the general public who are interested in learning more about the Sikh way of life. The tours can be arranged for small groups or large groups in a classroom setting. If you are interested, please fill out the Contact Submission Form along with the date(s) you are looking to visit the Gurdwara, the objective of the trip, and how many individuals will be visiting. We will be more than happy to accommodate you based on the availability and schedules of the volunteers.
A Gurdwara is the name given to the Sikh place of worship. The Sikh scripture (Guru Granth Sahib) is recited and sung (Kirtan) as well as explained (Katha) during services. Since, community is an integral part of Sikhi, the Gurdwara serves as a place for worship, a learning center, and place were Sikhs can come and congregate. The Gurdwara is established, run and maintained by the Sikh community. The Gurdwara is a place for acquiring spiritual knowledge and wisdom. It is open to everyone regardless of age, sex, caste, or creed and is a place where all men, women and children are treated as equals. As you will learn on your visit to the Gurdwara, Langar is one of the central aspects of Sikhi, where anyone may come and partake in the free meal.
Some of the Gurdwaras where the Sikh Resource Society conducts its tours at are:
- The Sikh Religious Society, Palatine Gurdwara which is located in Palatine and was originally established in the mid 70’s and has continued to grow since then.
- Illinois Sikh Community Center is a Gurdwara located in the town of Wheaton, IL which was established in 2011 and is the second largest Gurdwara already in the area
- Devon Gurdwara is located in the City of Chicago and is accessible to those in the city and taking public transportation.
A donation is not mandatory, but if you or your group would like to help this program by making an offering/donation, please kindly make it in the name of ‘Sikh Resource Society‘ or ‘SRS of Chicago‘.
Below you will find more information on what to expect on your visit to a Gurdwara.
*Note: Alcohol and Tobacco Products are strictly prohibited on the Gurdwara premises/property.