For all the Sikhs over the world The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is a holy shrine. It is located in the city of Amritsar. Like all the gurudwaras here too is located Langar Hall, where people are served foods. Food here is served to all visitors who have come to the abode of Guruji.
The “Langar” or free kitchen at the Golden Temple is the largest Langar of World, as it feeds 100000 peoples daily.
Guru Nanak Dev ji who was the first guru of Sikhs started a tradition of Langar Sewa (Service), where everyone regardless of caste, creed, age, gender, religion and social status are served delicious and nutritious food. This food include Dal, Roti, Chawal, Sabji and Sweet dessert (Kheer).
1. Simple vegetarian food
Meals served in the langar are pure vegetarian, and are simple, nourishing and nutritious. They usually consist of rotis (bread), rice, daal (lentils), a vegetable dish, and kheer (dessert).
2. Feeds 100,000 peoples daily
The langar at the Golden Temple serves a massive number – 100,000 people a day! On special occasions like holidays or religious fests, the number often goes up to 200,000!
3. 90% work is done as “Sewa” or Free Service to God
About 90% of the staff is made up of volunteers (known as Sewadars), that can help out for as long as they like. There are also 300 permanent Sewadars who ensures the food is delivered on time. Volunteers can assist with food prep such as peeling garlic or hand rolling rotis. There are peoples who come here from far away places just for the Sewa. Some of them volunteer for a few hours, some for a day, while others volunteer for days on end!
4. Everyone sit together in Langar
Everyone, regardless of faith and background is allowed in the dining hall. Women, men and children all sit together. Before entering you must remove your shoes and wear a head covering.
5. The World Largest Kitchen
There are tow kitchen to prepare the food, there are 11 hot plates (tawa) to make rotis, several burners, machines for sieving and kneading dough, and several other utensils. On normal days, all the dishes are made by the sewadars.
But on special occasions like holiday and festivals, the kitchen will use their automatic roti machine which can produce 25,000 rotis/hour. Large flour grinders is also located under the kitchen to process up to 12,000 kg of flour a day. Large vats of lentils and rice require 1-2 people to stir.
6. Hygiene in Kitchen
Hygiene in the kitchen is maintained carefully by the Gurudwara. After dining meal plates are handed to the volunteers who wash them five separate times, just to confirm it is cleaned well. Plates are then stacked for the next round of diners
Even kids are allowed to join the service and they accompany their guardians happily.