Go to Shabad Page What is Hukam? Please allow me to share a slightly different perspective on Gurbani understanding. It is based on phonetic conversions. Close equivalents from English vocabulary are substituted for Gurbani phonetic to better understand Gurbani. The purpose of life is seeking, researching, making efforts to exhaustion limit to recognize Hukam and how to remain in constant companionship of Hukam.
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Dubai is an Oasis of religious tolerance. In Dubai, the Bur Dubai temple and private homes being used for mass gatherings were bursting, prompting community leaders to look into the possibility of building a larger space for worship of the Guru Granth Sahib.
They grew from five families, to 10 families to 50 families and it became hard for them to ask the hostess to make chapattis in a day. So they decided that whoever comes brings 10 chapattis, and the hostess would make the vegetables and the dal.
Though temporary Gurudwaras had come and gone, the community needed a permanent place of worship. The very thought of building a permanent and official Gurdwara in the heart of an Islamic state was considered nothing short of an Arabian mirage.
The push for an official Gurudwara began about 27 years ago. The proposals kept getting knocked back but they did not give up. It was a pleasant and joyous surprise when consent was received from the Council of Imams.
The-unimaginable has happened. A historic moment for Sikh community. Now there would be a Gurdwara for solemnizing marriages and holding other religious ceremonies. The dream of the Community was to make it the best after Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Temple was to be the sacred marker of the faith, its repository and its most concrete symbol. It was the permanent spiritual home of the Sikhs.
A place where all might gather to worship the One True God. The internationally reputed Dubai based architect firm Holford Associates has designed the Dubai Gurudwara. Holdford Associates already has to its credit over 20 churches, four mosques and one temple. A masterpiece that will serve the needs of the community.
It took two years for the architectural firms to give shape to the three storied structure built over 12, sq. No compromise was made in its construction. The contractor was told that the Community wanted a year guarantee for the building for the future generations to utilise it. The Guru Nanak Darbar is a multi-storey facility spread over , sq.
The opulent building was worth every fil or the cent of the 65 million Dirhams or over 20 Million US Dollars spent on it.
It was indeed a historic moment for Sikh community. Sikhs now would be able to go to the Gurudwara for special prayers. The Spiritual void had been filled as now Sikhs had a Gurudwara where they could pray. Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar is the manifestation of this Truth. It envelopes all within its warm embrace, irrespective of caste or creed — bringing peace,solace, hope for one and all.
The profusion of designs-the balance of colours-the rhythm and sparkle of the ornaments-the variety of textures-all come together in a perfect synthesis. While the eye is caught by the incredible detail, on which its gaze cannot help but linger, it is the sum of the whole that really evokes the splendor of the Temple. It is both a celebration of life, and a monument to the glory of the One Who created it, a shrine of grandeur with a sense of homely peace.
Standing apart from the church complex, the beige coloured Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar Sahib has three levels of underground car parks, and two floors above ground. Each basement is measured 25, square feet that can contain parking space for up to cars.
As you step through the sacred portico, its sublime beauty catches the eye and captures the senses. There are three floors-The 21, square feet ground floor houses the dining hall, Kitchen, Pantry and store rooms.
The reception desk and Gurdwara office are also on the ground floor. There are plenty of convenience rooms for gents and ladies. There is a headscarf stand — as both men and women must cover their heads inside the Gurudwara. There are 35 full time staff and dozens of volunteers who help at busy times.
On the exterior of the Gurdwara Sahib, there is a 54 meter Parikarma covered with traditional grill work. The water body flowing around the road frontage is inspired by the Sarovar of the Golden Temple. It casts a surreal reflection of the building facade with the cascade feature lending the sound of flowing water. On entering the building, one is in awe of its sheer grandeur and the attention to detail-The grand staircase is designed to hold a huge traffic of people going up and down.
It is flattered by tall windows radiating natural light from stained glass that perfectly magnifies space. The Gurudwara Sahib is designed to cater the special needs of senior citizens. There are elevators too for the elderly and physically challenged. The pillar-less Prayer Hall on the first floor has two doors leading into it. Ornate carat gold canopies for the Guru Granth Sahib.
Italian marble on the walls and floor. And stunning chandeliers from Murano, Italy. The floor is carpeted with a beautiful soft purple carpet where all devotees sit facing the platform. In the middle of the hall is a raised platform, about one meter above the floor, with carved gold-plated pillars on all fours sides.
Above the platform is gold-plated lotus-shaped dome. Inside this gold plated dome is lined with a piece of cloth having a gold lace at the edge around it, giving a royal symbol. Placed on the platform, is the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It is covered by several Rumala Sahibs or square pieces of cloth. Chandoa literally means a cover with the inscription of a moon on it.
It has its origin in Islamic culture. Sitting on the platform is the Granthi Singh or the Giani, who while reading from the Holy Granth also, uses a Chaur Sahib -Yak hair or manmade fiber embedded in a metal placed with a wooden handle.
Towards the right of this platform, is a slightly raised platform used for Kirtan singings and for giving religious lectures. The Ragis or the singers in the temple, who perform in the prayer hall on rotation, are hired from India. All day long the sanctum reverberates with the sounds of the Gurbani Hymns. A sense of calm descends as strains of shabads, fill the air. Each day, devotees throng here in thousands to pay their respect to their Guru. There are chairs around the outside of the room for the elderly and impaired.
These are set below the main ground so no person is sitting higher than the Platform where the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is placed; The 7. The column free hall is surrounded in circular form by the classical arch windows. One will be left in pure reverence and feel grandeur in experiencing the ambience of the hall. Daily Activities There are two Karha Parshad or sweet counters, in the lobby area. An aisle runs diagonally across the hall to the Sukh Asan or the Palki Sahib Room with a golden frame glass door.
In essence, it is the reverse of the Prakash ceremony which takes place in the morning when the Guru Sahib is brought from the Sachkhand into the Darbar sahib for the day. The honour of carrying the Guru Granth Sahib lies with the Granthi Singh…With great reverence he places the Guru Granth Sahib on his head while the chawar is waved by special attendant. For taking the command or Hukam, the hymn - shabad that is continuing on the top of the left hand page or Ang must be read from the beginning.
If the hymn begins on the previous Ang, turn over the Ang and read the whole hymn from the beginning to the end. If the scriptural composition that is continuing on the top of the left hand Ang is a vaar —ode, then start from the first of the saloks preceding the pauri and read upto the end of the pauri.
Each page of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is filled with the highest spiritual wisdom known to man, and a Hukumnama taken with love and faith can change lives.
Bowing and touching the ground with their head in reverence. It is a Temple that reverberates with the prayers for the well - being of everyone — men, women, the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the old and the infirm, the homeless and the orphans - EVERYONE For decades it has witnessed a daily ritual of renewal that is a cornerstone for the lives of almost a million people. They envelope all within its warm embrace, irrespective of caste or creed — bringing peace, solace and hope for one and all.
The function room that overlooks prayer hall is of great utility. It boasts to service about people, also having a stage best fit for matrimonial ceremonies. To develop religious values among the next generation of Sikhs in the diaspora, special three-hour sessions are held for children on Saturdays at the Gurdwara where they are taught Punjabi, Kirtan and Gurdara protocol. There are already 55 children attending these classes. Most families are sending their children for kirtan classes.
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