There are many religions practiced in India, it’s a very spiritual place, Hinduism is probably the most common faith, but there are Muslim, Christian and Sikh people too. In Delhi I was lucky enough to attend a Sikh temple, and what an experience! I absolutely loved it.
On entering the temple you must cover your head, I donned a lovely orange bandana (ever stylish even in India), remove your shoes and wash your hands and feet – then you enter into the temple to the sound of rhythmic drumming, chanting and singing – it’s quite a meditative experience just silently sitting cross-legged in thought, listening to the prayers beings called.
After a quick prayer (I’m an atheist but it doesn’t hurt to put out some positive vibes into the universe) we went to the temple’s kitchen.
Sikh temples (depending on the size) can feed hundreds or even thousands of people for free each day. Sikhs volunteer their time to cook chapattis, dahl and vegetable curries for anyone who wished to eat. Sikhs also see all human beings as equal so lords sit on the floor next to beggars (or backpackers next to New Delhi Locals) and all eat the same food together.
I was lucky enough to join some Sikh women and men in the kitchen and lend a hand making flatbreads for the afternoon meal. I think I was pretty good and no one can tell me otherwise! Regardless, helping to make the food is considered really good karma so ‘yay’ for me.
After being India’s answer to Mary Berry I ate my lunch in the temple AND IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!! Excuse my shouty over-enthusiasm but this food was fee and probably the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. Where do I sign up for the Sikh conversion classes?
The experience was wonderful but made all the more special because my little cousins Niall and Harvey are Sikh so it was nice to understand their culture and faith a little more.