Of Langar and Love

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  1. Maria says:

    This is a incredible experience having food in the Gurudwara(: and helping in the making and serving of it… nice way to show love to the community(:

  2. Aseem says:

    I have been to a gurudwara once but have never ever been to a langar. Though I have always heard people talk about it, your post brings the entire atmosphere at a langar to life and now am quite keen to experience it sooner rather than later.

  3. Beloo Mehra says:

    Langars are such a unique cultural aspect of Indians, particularly Sikh community. I have also experienced similar things in Jain mathas and of course several Hindu ashrams – in India and also in the US. Such a divine experience, everything becomes a prasad in such places. I loved reading your description of this blissful experience of doing seva at a langar.

  4. Richa Singh says:

    The picture and the narrative reminds me of Bangla sahib, I loved that place. It was my must go place in college almost every other weekend. A couple of us would drive past two in the night and just sit there for an hour. So serene.

    And you know this whole being away from country and finding gurudwara sounds like a really nice thing to happen to VT 🙂

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Oh yes, it was the best thing ever. Thanks, Richa. I have never been to Bangala Sahib. In Engineering college, I did not even explore anything around Delhi/Noida. :/

      • Saadia says:

        Wonderful post here and I just had to comment after reading as S. Asian communities have many similarities – despite religious diversity. The Langaar culture is quite a norm in Pakistan too on almost all Shrines of Muslim Saints and also other communities like Naani ka Haj in Balochistan and interior Sindh.
        Bless you and your husband for being such beautiful souls, ameen.

  5. Thank you for giving me new experience through words! This is something I’ve never encountered, so I loved reading about it!

  6. Laura says:

    Beautifully described. I’d heard of the Gurudwara from TV but I’ve never experienced one, and you made it feel like I’d been there!

  7. Hema says:

    What a wonderful post about finding a small piece of home in a foreign land 🙂 well done!

  8. Cyn K says:

    I had never heard of a langar before. Thank you for introducing me to this concept.

  9. Modern Gypsy says:

    Beautiful! Serving langar, getting Indian food in a foreign land, and love and acceptance from the people around you sounds lovely indeed.

  10. Aditi says:

    Beautiful, Parul! This must have been such an enriching experience.
    Langar food is prepared with so much love and goodwill that the food tastes unbelievable. I’ve yet to go to a Gurdwara here in London. You’ve inspired me not only to go there but also serve.
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  11. Dashy says:

    That must have been a wonderful experience, to return the love and kindness you’ve gotten from there. I’ve never been to such a community serving before, I’m sure it felt deeply satisfying. 🙂
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  12. Ramya says:

    You just took me back to my visit to the Golden temple. And I found peace there. Like you told its all about love and being humble. Being tired physically vanishes when there is peace of mind and love and compassion in heart. Loved reading it! 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully expressed. Peace it is!

  14. Lovey says:

    Wow such an inspiring post Parul. I am sure you would have a divine experience serving the food and eating under the blessings of Wahe Gure Ji.
    And your post reminds me of the childhood days when we used to go to Gurudwara to seek blessings and eat the KADHA Prasad 🙂

  15. Anna says:

    What a wonderful experience to have been a part of. There is always something indescribably and inherently GOOD about kindness. And the wonderful thing is that, when kindness is truly being expressed, every prejudice, judgement or other discriminating factor falls away completely. I suppose it’s just like that old Jewel song, “Only kindness matters in the end.”

    Thanks for sharing your story! It’s beautiful. 🙂

  16. Rajlakshmi says:

    This is beautiful. Wow! I can only imagine how soulful and enriching your experience would have been. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring us.
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  17. What a lovely post Parul. What a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary. I had no clue langars were organised in other countries too. I have never been to a gurudwara though I’ve planned and thought about it many times but it just has never happened. I have had the prasad though and nothing tastes quite like it.

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Tulika, if there is a gurudwara, there is langar, In India or abroad. I have had food in a langar in many cities in India but Hong Kong was my first abroad. The food is made with love so it tastes heavenly. You should visit one nearby some day with children.

  18. Beeray says:

    Waheguru. Somrhting about gurdwara food.

  19. Melony says:

    I’d never heard of this before, but it seems like a wonderful way to enjoy your native meals. What a lovely experience to have. ☺

  20. BellyBytes says:

    I admire you Parul for doing such a thing. Somehow, for me eating at a community centre without paying for it seems odd and even though I love Punjabi food and have even eaten in dhabbas on the road, I find it odd to walk into a langar for a meal. Of course I understand the sentiment behind it and the reason why anyone abroad would like to visit just for a taste of home so may be this is one experience I will have to put down in my bucket list…Incidentally I’m not averse to the seva and would love to work in the kitchen but eating for free is something I will have to psyche myself into doing.

    • Parul Thakur says:

      Thanks Sunita. You can always pack back in the form of seva or donate raw materials. Even we did that. Will you pay God? No, right? But you can certainly spend time, help others and feel good about the meal you had.

  21. Nabanita says:

    You said it, Parul…there’s something about langars or in general about serving people that leaves you feeling satisfied and happy..so worth it..

  22. Jennifer says:

    What an incredible experience for you. I hope to visit this part of the world someday, but I feel as if I’ve gotten a glimpse of it today through your writing.

  23. It’s admirable when people are at the service of humanity, sacrificing their time, to feed people and bring a smile on faces. I remember every Thursday at Churchgate station, food was served to commuters by some Sikh dudes…Kichdi and Kheer. My Thursday was made since no need to order in hostel mess.


  24. Oh yes, gurudwaras are so humbling. The happiness and pure love with which you are served teachers from one heart to another. And l can imagine how much more precious it must be in a foreign land. Someday l would love to do seva just like you did.

  25. Mayuri says:

    I really love reading your posts, Parul.
    They are written straight from the heart and are honest, sweet and simple, just like I imagine you to be.
    I love visiting Gurudwaras too. I could sit there for hours, the feeling of peace that envelopes me there.
    Your post brought about much the same post for me. Really loved reading it.

  26. I remember watching a langar for the first time, although it was on TV. The idea behind it, and the way the devotees cook and serve the food is indeed humbling. It also speaks of a love that crosses beyond any boundaries. I do hope I get a chance to experience this 😃

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