My last day in Delhi started with the tragic news of the Charlie Hebdo bombings in Paris. The only western TV channel I could get was CNN, they brought nothing but….. It is horrible to see what human beings are capable of. I was shaken like the whole world was. Whatever they did, or rather: wrote – it might not have been to the liking of many, but they certainly didn’t deserve to die. Remember the atrocities committed all through our ancient history, – beheadals and such were common occurrences. I used to be of the opinion that we are a much more civilized society now. I had to change this opinion during the past years. We are just as cruel and uncivilized.

But back to Delhi – I really wanted to get back to the Sikh Temple and also see that kitchen again. So that’s what we did. It was cold, and to walk on the cold marble floor with bare feet wasn’t such fun. But it was worth it. This time there were not very many people and we were able to go inside.

The pictures are not that great, but you can see the gold! It’s real gold, BTW. There is a Holy Man sitting at the Altar reading from the Sikh Holy Book, called Guru Granth Sahib, written by the 11th and last Guru,  but “was compiled during the period of Sikh Gurus from 1469 to 1708”. It is “regarded as the teachings of the Ten Gurus” combined, as I understand. (says Sikh History)

 

Sikh Temple in Delhi, Altar

Sikh Temple in Delhi, Altar

 

Sikh Prayer of Bliss

Sikh Prayer of Bliss, performed by three singers (holy men?)

Sikh Temple, inside

Sikh Temple, inside

Sikh Temple, inside 2

Sikh Temple, inside 2

 

Floor decoration

Floor Decoration outside, semi precious stone inlaid in marble

 

Then we went to the large kitchen again, which on some days prepares meals for 750 people every hour. Most amazing. I will hopefully be able to post a couple of videos later, here are some pictures in the meantime.

 

Large pots with food

Large pots with food, covered with cloth, large pot with bread

Volunteers making bread by hand

Volunteers making bread by hand

Potatoes being cut

Potatoes being cut

Please also see my post of “Delhi – Day Three”.

After the Sikh Temple we drove around town to see it one more time, and I also went to Santushti Market, as well as Khan Market to do my last minute shopping.

 

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