Explore the history of one of the major religions in Malaysia and the place of worship for Sikhs with a one-day Gurdwara tour in Ipoh. You will visit Gurdwara Sahib Police Ipoh which is located within the compound of the central police station in Ipoh, Perak; a state where most of the Sikhs settled and it has the most number of Gurdwara in Malaysia.
Gurdwara means ‘door to the Guru’, a place of worship for Sikhs. Each Gurdwara has a main hall referred as Darbar Sahib, where the current and everlasting Guru of the Sikhs, with the holy scripture for Sikhs known as Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is placed on an elevated throne known as Takhat in a prominent central position. The Sikh flag, which is a flagpole bearing the Nishan Sahib is used as identification for Gurdwara. Gurdwara functions as a focal point for all Sikhs religious, cultural and community activities.
On this tour, you will learn via storytelling about history and function of Gudwara Sahib Police Ipoh by involving into activities such as prayers and visit around the temple with the aid of an experienced guide. Get along with the locals and get the chance to taste the traditional food prepared voluntarily by the Sikhs.
Learn about ‘Dastar’, ‘pagri’, or ‘pagg’ which is known as the Sikh turban, a headgear and tradition that is strongly associated with Sikhism. It plays an important role in the Sikhism until current time. You will get to learn on the history and functions, and how to wear Sikh turban under the proper guidance of professionals and experienced locals by participating into this workshop.
The Sikh turban represents as a part of Sikh identity apart from knowing as a well-known part of feature in Sikhism’s traditional attire, it has a strong connection related to Sikhism martial history. The turban carries both practical and spiritual significance. In the past, it was served as a flexible and convenient protection against enemies attack such as arrows, bullets, spears, maces, and swords. In addition, it was said to help the Sikh’s to keep their long hair out of his eyes and most importantly to avoid from enemies’ grasp. An interesting point which was mentioned by modern proponents of the turban, argued that turban provides better protection than a motorcycle helmet.
Come and experience the culture of SikhsGet your turban tied, you will be taught on the steps on tying turban before entering into Gudwara. Then, we will begin our tour around the Gudwara with our local expert.