| Jakarta, Indonesia | 10 Aug 2015 | Asia Samachar |
A group of religion teachers from Christian and Muslim schools visited a gurdwara in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday, to understand better the Sikh faith.
The visit to the Gurdwara Guru Nanak in Jakarta south was led by an executive from a non-government organsiation called Indonesian Conference for Religion and Peace (ICRP).
The visitors sat through a kirtan programme by a group of local Sikh children, eat the Guru ka Langgar that was prepared for an earlier programme and then sat down for a question and answer session on Sikhi.
The same group of about 30 had earlier visited a church and a Chinese temple.
They were there for fact finding plus learning other faiths and beliefs for the sake of harmony and confidence building in line of NGO of interfaith, said the gurdwara committee president Balwant Singh.
“They were very impressed and appreciated our simple Gurdwara protocol.
“Everyone covered their heads and dressed modestly as requested and enjoyed their freedom to move around in the Darbar, taking photos they wished to shoot,” he tells Asia Samachar. “They enjoyed the Guru ka Langgar to their satisfaction.”
The young Sikh children performed Kirtan with the guests given the translation of the meanings in Indonesian.
“Then the Granthi read a hukumnama from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which was also translated into Bahasa Indonesia. He explained the meaning of ‘ekas baap’ or all children of One God and other concepts,” he said.
The group extended a donation of about US$150 to the gurdwara.
The gurdwara also runs a Gurmat school, in collaboration with the Kuala Lumpur-based Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy, which has about 50 students.
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