Oldest standing gurdwara in North America

The Abbotsford, Canada, gurdwara was built in 1911 by determined Sikh pioneers from India with lumber carried from the nearby sawmill where many of them worked

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Abbotsford: Oldest standing gurdwara North America

The oldest standing gurdwara in North America is to be found in Abbotsford, Canada. This is what is written on its signboard (Photo: Jasjit Singh):

Abbotsford Sikh Temple: In 1911, determined Sikh pioneers from India built this temple, or Gurdwara, with lumber carried from the nearby sawmill where many of them worked. Blending traditional Sikh and Western frontier designs, the temple includes a prayer hall and a community kitchen. Not only a place of worship, it also became a centre for the social and political life of South Asian immigrants, helping them forge a vibrant community. Today, this oldest surviving Gurdwara reminds us of the immigrant experience of Sikhs in Canada, and continues to be a sacred symbol of their spirituality.

 

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