Gurdwara Sahib Cape Town
The brand new Gurdwara Sahib, the first Sikh Temple in Cape Town, formally started functioning on Sunday, 28th February 2010.
The Sikh and Punjabi community in and around Cape Town always cherished the dream of establishing a Gurdwara in Cape Town not only for the resident community, but also for the sizeable Punjabi tourists visiting Cape Town every year. Since the community is quite minuscule, it was difficult to acquire land and get all the paperwork done to establish the Gurdwara Sahib. However, with the help of the Management of the 'Radha Krishna Temple, Jeram Avenue, Rylands Estate, Cape Town, and the Management of Gurdwara Sahib, Johannesburg, the dream of the community is turning into a reality.
The full address of the Gurdwara Sahib is:
- Gurdwara Sahib Cape Town
- Radha Krishna Temple Complex,
- Jeram Road,
- Rylands Estate,
- Cape Town.
Starting from Sunday last, 28th Feb. 2010, Nitnem will be performed daily and weekly congregation/prayers will take place every Sunday from 11.30 to 13.30 hrs. followed by 'Guru ka Langar'.
All donations are welcome and can be made into following account:
Account Name- The Sikh Temple, Johannesburg.
Bank Name & Branch- Nedbank, Benmore Gardens, Sandton.
Account No.: - 1973069466
Branch Code: - 197305
Swift Code: - NEDSZAJJ
For further information, you may get in touch with any of the undersigned:
- Ronnie Kapoor, President. Tel:+27 82 575 9297,
- Balpreet Singh, Secretary. Tel:+27 79 527 4797,
- Harbinder Singh, Member. Tel : +27 83 797 8570
We need moral, physical and financial support of all members of the community to keep the establishment running. An article by Yogi Bhajan Singh Ji, in this context is very pertinent:
What is the secret of the tenth part? Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Master, told his Sikhs, one-tenth of the earnings they received did not belong to them but belonged to God. When we give it back to Him, then all of the wealth and prosperity which is ours is revealed to us and is bestowed upon us.
Sikhs first began bringing offerings to the Guru during the time of Guru Nanak. Guru Amar Das started the formal tradition of serving lungar when he called upon his Sikhs to bring a portion of their crops and earnings to share in the community kitchen. During the time of Guru Arjun, the Guru's House fell upon difficult financial times. Guru Arjun's older brother, Prithi Chand, had performed certain dishonest acts which corrupted the system, and the Guru's court and lungar began to fall short of cash. Bhai Gurdas and Baba Buddha became so concerned that they went to Guru Arjun asking what solution could be applied. Guru Arjun knew the Cosmic principle to reverse the trend and multiply their prosperity. He told his dear beloved Sikhs that the problem was simple: they had to collect the tenth part of everyone's earnings to contribute to the Guru's Court and the Guruka Lungar. Twenty-two Masands were appointed who went to visit the Sikhs on their farms and in their outlying villages each month, bringing them news of the Guru's mission and collecting the tenth part of their earnings to build their community bank.
Place the Dasvand at Guruji's feet however direst the circumstances may be.
In Tankhanama, Bhai Nand Lal ji says : "He who does not take out dasvand and cheats to survive," says Guru Gobind Singh Ji to Nand Lal Ji "Such a person will never see progress.."
- article by Harpreet Singh
It is a matter of great pleasure to inform you that Gurdwara Sahib, the first Sikh Temple in Cape Town, formally started functioning on Sunday, 28th February 2010.