Sikhism’s history and tradition of langar began when Guru Nanak spent money meant for trade goods to feed hungry Sadhus declaring it a most profitable transaction. Mata Khivi took an active role in providing and serving langar.
Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s holy scripture, praises herkheer (rice pudding) as having the divine flavor of immortal ambrosia.
Guru Amar Das decreed all who came to see him should first eat from his free kitchen, a concept known as pangat sangat. He insisted that an Emperor sit with commoners to eat as equals to nurture humility.
Langar is a traditional concept which includes cooking, serving, and eating vegetarian meals together in a communal kitchen and dining hall. The langar experience provides fellowship for sangat (the congregation), friends and families.
Langar seva or altruistic selfless service, is one of three principles on which Sikhism is founded. Voluntary contributions supply all equipment, provisions, and food necessary for langar. Seva, the preparation and distribution of food, and all clean up done, is voluntarily performed by sangat. Seva, selfless service, and the practice of sitting side by side with out regard to cast, color, creed, or rank, in a common dining area both serve to nourish the soul cleansing it from the effects of ego. Langar nurtures and nourishes body and soul, while starving ego.
Langar, is served with each and every Sikh occasion and event, whether a worship service, ceremony, celebration or festivity.
Langar is available as part of any commemorative gurpurab occasion from the gurdwara hosting the festivity. Free vegetarian food and non alcoholic beverages are also prepared and handed out along Sikh parade routes to all who attend including spectators.
Experience Gur ka Langar with the divine taste of delicious Sikhism sacred food and vegetarian recipes from the Guru’s free kitchen prepared with prayer and meditation in the spirit of selfless service. Bibek guidelines apply to preparation service and eating langar.