Over 50 people from Altrincham Interfaith Group visited the Shiri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara in Moss Side. The Sikh temple opened in November 2011 and now has a thriving attendance of several hundred each Sunday. The group were taken, with their shoes off, heads covered and hands washed, into the prayer hall. Prakash and Pargash told them about the Guru Granth Sahib and the 10 gurus. The principles of the Sikh beliefs and practices were explained including the “5 Ks”.
Sikhs can be recognised by the “5Ks”. The Kesh or uncut hair. The Kangha or comb which is always worn under a turban. The Kara steel bracelet, Kacha underwear and the Kirpan sword or more commonly a small dagger.
Later the group were taken to the Langer, a dinning hall, and were given food and drink including some excellent onion bahjis. During a question and answer session a wide range of topics were openly talked about.