Langar is a free kitchen serving vegetarian food and refreshments to All.
Langar was first initiated by Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism in the 15th Century. Langar was introduced with the concept to serve ALL regardless of religion, gender, age or status to implement Equality and Humanity.
Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji designed an institution in which all people would sit on the floor together, as equals, to eat the same simple vegetarian food. It is here that all people high or low, rich or poor, male or female, will all sit in the same Pangat (literally "row" or "line") to share and enjoy the Langar together.
The institution of Guru ka Langar, meaning the Lords Food has served the community in many ways since. Langar is prepared and served by Sewadars (Selfless Service Volunteers) to thousands of people each day. Men and Women play an important role in the preparation of meals, and the children help in serving food to the pangat.
Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a communal way, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary.
Everyone is welcome to share and eat the Langar and it is served throughout each day at all the Gurdwara Sahibs (Sikh Temples) worldwide.
SHRI GURU NANAK DEV JI
The life and activities of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji were remarkable from early childhood. His father, Pitta Mehta Kalu was keen that his son should adopt a respectable and lucrative profession. At the age of 12, his father wanted him to be a trader and gave him 20 rupees, asking him to use the given money to "strike some good and profitable bargain" - to do a "Sacha Sauda" or to "strike a good bargain" into a profitable trading situation.
Instead Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji bought food with the 20 rupees and distributed everything among the local sadhus (holy people), who had not eaten anything for days.
When confronted by his father asked on what happened to the money, he replied that he had done a "True Business" by feeding the hungry holy men. His father was very angry that his son had wasted the money and scolded him. However, his elder sister, Mata Nanki stood by her dear brother and strongly defended his actions.
Such noble actions of the young Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his refusal to hoard worldly wealth indicated that he was no ordinary man, but one who was destined to be a true Guru, a spiritual teacher of mankind. Today, at the place where Shri Guru Nanak had fed the poor.
There has been a Gurdwara Sahib built at the very place were Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji performed Sacha Sauda in the Pakistan Province of Punjab, named Gurdwara Sacha Sauda Sahib.