International Smagam 2018
Learn about the purpose of your life
at the UK’s largest Gurdwara
Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara opened on 13 December 2015 at the site of the iconic Citroën building on Bath Road in Slough. Members of the Sikh community from across the country volunteered more than a quarter of a million man-hours during a two-year refurbishment to transform the corporate headquarters into the UK’s largest Gurdwara.
The Eternal Guru
The Gurdwara was established to spread the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Eternal Guru of the Sikhs, which explains how to meet God during this lifetime. Two key principles taught by Sri Guru Granth Sahib are enshrined in every aspect of the Gurdwara.
Naam Simran – continual remembrance of God’s Name
Seva – selfless service
The Gurdwara is governed by the Akaal Takhat, the highest temporal authority of the Sikhs. At Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara there is no elected committee; every aspect of the gurdwara is run by sevadaars (volunteers) who are not paid or remunerated in any way.
To be a Sikh is to be a continual learner. For this reason, education is at the heart of daily life at the Gurdwara, whether this is formal classroom-based learning or practical skills gained whilst performing Seva (voluntary service).
In line with the tenets of the Sikh faith, all services at the Gurdwara are offered free of charge, including Punjabi, Sikh History, Gatka, Kirtan and Tabla Classes.
Sikh Art Gallery
In November 2017, Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara, in collaboration with Art of Punjab, opened the UK’s first permanent Sikh art gallery Without Shape Without Form. Covering an area of over 7000 square feet, the gallery combines images from key moments in the rich history of the Sikhs with a narrative referencing the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
An initiative to provide the local community with much-needed training facilities saw the creation of the UK’s first free City & Guilds accredited skills centre, Refresh. Members from across the diverse Slough community have been benefiting from free training courses and going on to employment, further education or establishing new businesses.
Students are able to acquire carpentry, electrical, plumbing, plastering and bricklaying skills as part of the broad-based construction course taught by qualified tutors. A media skills course taught by industry leading professionals teaches students to produce their own video content, including editing, colour grading and capturing sound.
The Centre’s success has been recognised through various awards received by both the Centre and its volunteers.
You are welcome
Everyone is welcome to visit the Gurdwara to discover the universal message of the Sikh faith, regardless of their background, beliefs, gender or ethnicity.
Sri Guru Ram Das Ji (the 4th Sikh Guru) constructed the Sri Harminder Sahib, Amritsar ( commonly known as the Golden Temple) with four entrances, signifying that all are welcome regardless of caste, colour, creed, gender and religion. This principle is practised by all Gurdwaras across the world. We warmly welcome you to visit Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara, whether it’s to find out more about the Sikh faith, understand the great history of the Sikhs or to experience the peace attained from meditation.
We regularly have schools visit the Gurdwara to complement their education in world religions. Children take part in a structured visit that can be tailored to each school’s individual requirements. Visits to date have included: Classroom workshops highlighting key tenets of the Sikh faith. Guided tours of the Without Shape Without Form Exhibition, where children explore Sikh history through art.
Guided tours of the Gurdwara, including the Darbar (prayer hall) and Langar Hall (free communal kitchen) where children and teachers join the congregation for a meal.
An insight into your Gurdwara
The Gurdwara was set up by the community, is run by the community and exists to serve the community. This is YOUR gurdwara. Since opening, we’ve been astounded by the number of positive responses we’ve received and the growing numbers that attend each week. It’s hard to describe in words the experiences of those that have benefited from visiting the Gurdwara and how their lives have changed for the better. The video below gives a glimpse into life at the Gurdwara, we hope to see you soon.