Learning About Different Faiths
Year 8 students visit Gurdwara & Mandir to learn about different religions
On Friday 1st May 30 year 8 students were given the opportunity to visit the local Gurdwara and Mandir, the Sikh and Hindu places of worship in Bradford. This term year 8 have been studying the 3 eastern religions, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, so to help with their learning they visited a local Sikh Gurdwara and a Hindu Mandir.
Students account of the visit to the Gurdwara: "As we parked the minibus we recognised the Gurdwara because of the Nishan Sahib (the Sikh orange flag). Inside the Gurdwara we had to take off our shoes and put our scarves and bandana's on our heads (scarves for the girls and bandana's for boys) to show respect. When we got inside the Gurdwara we sat down on the floor and were told about praying, giving offerings and readings from the Guru Granth Sahib. The Granthi is in charge of the Guru Granth Sahib and he holds a chauri. We went behind the canopy and took pictures of the Granthi and Guru Grath Sahib. Afterwards we went through to the langar (kitchen) where we had biscuits and a cup of squash! We thanked the owners of the Gurdwara for letting us experience what it was like inside. Our favourite part was watching how Sikh people pray. Anyone is free to enter a Gurdwara and witness a service; whether you are Sikh or not, everyone is welcome. We learnt a lot from this experience and would recommend others to visit'."
The visit to the Mandir also consisted of similar activities, a tour of the holy place of worship, and an insight to the religion from a followers perspective making reference to beliefs and practices and lastly students were provided with the opportunity to ask any questions they had. This type of experience is invaluable as it allows the students to see and learn about other religions in an environment which might be completely new to them. We would like to thank Gurdwara Singh Sabah and Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple Bradford for the warm welcome and dor making the visits so interesting and informative.