This morning we went by auto rickshaw to the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, a huge golden Sikh Shrine.It was constructed at the site where the eighth Sikh Guru, Harkrishen Dev, spent time in 1664. It is a hive of activity and today and tomorrow are very special days for the Sikhs so there were many people coming and going from the Shrine.
We were given orange bandanas to wear to indicate we were foreigners. We removed our shoes before entering the Gurdwara and sat at the back listening to the beautiful drumming which accompanied the devotions.
Afterwards we were given a personalised tour of the community kitchen, where 20000 meals are prepared a day. Anyone can go to the Gurdwara for a free meal at lunch time . We saw thousands of rotis being made by a team of men,women and children
. We were invited to stir a massive pot of vegetable curry and were then given a taste of some rice pudding. We sat with our thali plate on the kitchen floor and gobbled it up. Sweet and divine!