The Sikh community has always stepped up to the occasion when it comes to crises of any kind. In this battle against the coronavirus too, the Sikhs have been among the first ones to open their gurdwaras across the country and support the most vulnerable.
Across India, Gurudwaras Have Been Offering Their Services To The Poor And Needy
In the national capital, several Gurdwaras prepared food for thousands of people left stranded by the 21-day lockdown. The Bangla Sahib Gurdwara has been arranging meals for up to 40,000 people daily in areas where the Delhi government had requested its assistance.
In March, Manju Ka Tila offered its premises as an isolation and quarantine center. Later, it housed more than 200 migrants from Punjab, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra when the Delhi government sealed all borders and restricted their march home.
Even Motibagh Gurdwara and Rakab Ganj Sahib Gurdwara have also opened their doors to nurses and other hospital staff working round the clock, tending to the coronavirus patients.
In Ahmedabad too, Gurudwara Gobind Dham has been preparing food packets and distributing them to the poor and needy. According to the Ishwar Singh, President of the Dham, anyone who comes here with an empty stomach will be fed.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar has also decided to fund the entire cost of the ventilators and PPE kits in Punjab.
Apart from this, several langars have been started to feed the hungry across India.
Also Read: Delhi’s Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Is Serving 40,000 People Each Day Of The Lockdown
According to Guru Sahib's command, service is in their lap whom God makes his servant. It is a great service to put yourself in the forefront to serve others, regardless of your life in this tough phase.
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Sikhs Are Doing A Fabulous Work In Other Countries Too
Not only in India, but across the world, the Sikh community has been offering its services to those in need!
More than 30,000 home-cooked meals were prepared and packaged by the Sikh Center of New York for Americans in self-isolation. United Sikhs, a global humanitarian non-profit organization based in New York, has started a hotline to serve those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And like always, various Sikh organizations have opened community kitchens and have been distributing free food to the homeless, medical staff, and local law enforcement officials in various parts of the United States, including Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
No wonder, the selfless nature and the spirit of ‘sewa’ embodied by the Sikhs has rightly earned them praise, all over the world.
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