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Two hundred thousand rotis (Indian flat bread), 1.5 tonnes of dal (lentil soup) and free food served to 100,000 people everyday are what makes the free kitchen run at the Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar stand apart.

By all measures, the kitchen (called langar in Punjabi ) is one of the largest free kitchens to be run anywhere in the world.

The concept of langars was initiated centuries ago by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion.

Sunday, November 17, was his 545th birth anniversary.

At the Langar, no one goes hungry - and everybody gets a hot meal regardless of caste, creed and religion.

All Sikh Gurudwaras (places of worship) have langars, but the one at Golden Temple - Sikhs' holiest shrine - has little parallel.

“Anyone can eat for free here and on an average we serve food to 100,000 people. On weekends and special occasions double the numbers of people visit the langar. The langar never stops and on an average 7,000 kg of wheat flour, 1,200 kg of rice, 1,300 kg of lentils, 500 kg of ghee (clarified butter) is used in preparing the meal every day,” says Harpreet Singh, manager of this huge kitchen.

“The free kitchen uses firewood, LPG gas and electronic bread makers for the cooking and we use around 100 LPG cylinders and 5,000 kilograms of firewood every day,” he adds.

The kitchen is run by 450 staff, helped by hundreds of other volunteers.

Sanjay Arora, 46, from New Delhi, comes to volunteer at the langar two days a month. “This is seva (service) for me. I feel happy after doing this service. This is not just free food because here you forget all the differences that separate humans from each other,” he says.

Volunteers also wash the 300,000 plates, spoons and bowls used in feeding the people. The food is vegetarian and the expenses are managed through donations from all over the world.

The yearly budget of the langar runs into hundreds of millions.


The "langar" or free kitchen at Golden Temple in the Indian city of Amritsar is perhaps the world’s largest free eatery. The Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak 

Around one hundred thousand (100,000) people visit the langar every day and the number increases on weekends and special days


People from all over the world especially " Sikhs" visit Golden temple at least once in their life time. 

Everybody is welcome at the langar, no one is turned away. It works on the principle of equality between people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status.


People sit on the floor together as equals and eat the same simple food at the eating hall of the Golden Temple langar 

Langar teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation.


People from any community and faith can serve as volunteers


The lines of status, caste and class vanish at the langar. Everybody is treated as equals.
 
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This is nothing new in India. Dharmic religions have a tradition of providing food to the hungry as part of service to humanity.

Akshya Patra foundation by Iskon provide food for 13,00,000 (13 Lakh) children every day in 9,000 government schools through 20 locations in 10 states across India.

Tirpupati Temple provides free food to 60,000 to 1,00,000 people everyday in Tirumala Temple complex.
 

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The meal served is hot but simple: comprising roti (flat Indian bread), lentil soup and rice.


The utensils are washed in three rounds to ensure that the plates are perfectly clean to be usedagain. 

Running the kitchen also means washing and cleaning thousands of plates, bowls and spoons.


Some 450 staff and hundreds of volunteers help to run the kitchen.
 
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Langar is a traditional concept which includes cooking, serving, and eating together in a communal kitchen and dining hall. Every Sikh gurdwara has a Langar facility for feeding and nourishing both the body and soul of sangat, the gurdwara congregation.

The voluntary contributions and donations of sangat supply all equipment, other provisions, and food necessary for providing sustenance to the body.

Seva, the preparation and distribution of food, and all clean up done, is voluntarily performed by sangat. Seva, selfless service, and the practice of sitting side by side with out regard to cast, color, creed, or rank, in a common dining area both serve to nourish the soul cleansing it from the effects of ego.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!!
 
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Five thousand kilograms of fire wood is used every day for preparing the meals at this langar, that runs 24/7.


A Sikh volunteer prepares the dal (lentil soup) that will be served for the meals at the langar.
 

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Two hundred thousand rotis (Indian flat bread), 1.5 tonnes of dal (lentil soup) and free food served to 100,000 people everyday are what makes the free kitchen run at the Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar stand apart.

By all measures, the kitchen (called langar in Punjabi ) is one of the largest free kitchens to be run anywhere in the world.

The concept of langars was initiated centuries ago by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion.

Sunday, November 17, was his 545th birth anniversary.

At the Langar, no one goes hungry - and everybody gets a hot meal regardless of caste, creed and religion.

All Sikh Gurudwaras (places of worship) have langars, but the one at Golden Temple - Sikhs' holiest shrine - has little parallel.

“Anyone can eat for free here and on an average we serve food to 100,000 people. On weekends and special occasions double the numbers of people visit the langar. The langar never stops and on an average 7,000 kg of wheat flour, 1,200 kg of rice, 1,300 kg of lentils, 500 kg of ghee (clarified butter) is used in preparing the meal every day,” says Harpreet Singh, manager of this huge kitchen.

“The free kitchen uses firewood, LPG gas and electronic bread makers for the cooking and we use around 100 LPG cylinders and 5,000 kilograms of firewood every day,” he adds.

The kitchen is run by 450 staff, helped by hundreds of other volunteers.

Sanjay Arora, 46, from New Delhi, comes to volunteer at the langar two days a month. “This is seva (service) for me. I feel happy after doing this service. This is not just free food because here you forget all the differences that separate humans from each other,” he says.

Volunteers also wash the 300,000 plates, spoons and bowls used in feeding the people. The food is vegetarian and the expenses are managed through donations from all over the world.

The yearly budget of the langar runs into hundreds of millions.


The "langar" or free kitchen at Golden Temple in the Indian city of Amritsar is perhaps the world’s largest free eatery. The Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak 

Around one hundred thousand (100,000) people visit the langar every day and the number increases on weekends and special days


People from all over the world especially " Sikhs" visit Golden temple at least once in their life time. 

Everybody is welcome at the langar, no one is turned away. It works on the principle of equality between people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status.


People sit on the floor together as equals and eat the same simple food at the eating hall of the Golden Temple langar 

Langar teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation.


People from any community and faith can serve as volunteers


The lines of status, caste and class vanish at the langar. Everybody is treated as equals.
All of that is true. Everybody is welcome at the Guru ka Langar; even Atheists. I had a friend (a professed atheist) who accompanied me. He made it a point to say that to one of the Sewadaars only to be told softly with a smile "Does that make you any different or any less than anyone else here?" :-)
Eating at any Langar is an experience to remember. Must be the same at "Daata Darbar" in Lahore.
Wish I could do that too.
 

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Around 200,000 rotis are prepared every day at the langar which is served to the people. 

Wheat flour being put in a contraption that acts like a dough maker. The dough will be used for making rotis (Indian flat bread).


Rotis (Indian flatbread) are cooked over electric machine .


Women play an important role in the preparation of meals. Volunteers make stacks of rotis that will be served at the free kitchen
 
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Had the good fortune of eating langar at the golden temple. Kadhi roti chawal, nothing beats that. Will probably go to amritsar again this dec.
 

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Do ALL gurudwra however big or small have langer ? or do only large gurudwara have langar that serve the people ?


If only Indian govt. will stop looting Hindu temples, they too could have done something to bring credit to the religion. Its about time Hindu temples got rid of govt. control and end the loot of the last 60 years.
 

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Do ALL gurudwra however big or small have langer ? or do only large gurudwara have langar that serve the people ?


If only Indian govt. will stop looting Hindu temples, they too could have done something to bring credit to the religion. Its about time Hindu temples got rid of govt. control and end the loot of the last 60 years.

Do you have anything positive to offer other than comparison or whining?? Does langar served in Gurudwara or in Mandir has any different purpose?? Have your any post make any sense?? Does this thread makes any claim that It is showing anything new?? You all fanatic morons f*** off!!!!!!!!!
 

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Around 200,000 rotis are prepared every day at the langar which is served to the people. 

Wheat flour being put in a contraption that acts like a dough maker. The dough will be used for making rotis (Indian flat bread).


Rotis (Indian flatbread) are cooked over electric machine .


Women play an important role in the preparation of meals. Volunteers make stacks of rotis that will be served at the free kitchen
oh man i Love this roti in the last picture, my favorite kind of roti, tastes sooo good with beef curry
 

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Can foreigners come?
Looks like a worthwhile experience.

There is a massive Vietnamese pho restaurant in Sydney where people eat from the same looking massive bowls and pretty much the same noodle soup. There is something fantastic about communal eating, especially when everyone is eating the same thing.
 

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Do ALL gurudwra however big or small have langer ? or do only large gurudwara have langar that serve the people ?
As mentioned in post No 1 , all Gurudwaras have a langar.

Can foreigners come?
Looks like a worthwhile experience.
There are no restrictions on entry. One has to follow the customs of the temple like covering your head, no tobacco etc. 
In the langar , food is cooked and served by the volunteers in the community.

Only vegetarian food is served in the langar hall, to suit the visitors from different backgrounds so that no person may be offended. All people belonging to different faiths sit together to share a common meal, regardless of any dietary restrictions.

The main philosophy behind the Langar is two-fold : to provide training to engage in Seva and an opportunity to serve people from all walks of life and to help banish all distinctions between high and low or rich and poor.
 

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Do ALL gurudwra however big or small have langer ? or do only large gurudwara have langar that serve the people ?


If only Indian govt. will stop looting Hindu temples, they too could have done something to bring credit to the religion. Its about time Hindu temples got rid of govt. control and end the loot of the last 60 years.
It would be best if religions don't need to serve meals anymore because everyone earns enough to feed their families and themselves.
 

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