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With these words, we enter the community kitchen(langar) at the Golden temple complex,Amritsar,Punjab,India.
The Lord himself is the farm Himself is the farmer Himself he grows and grinds the corn
Himself he cooks Himself he places in on a platter And Himself he eats too
Himself is the water Himself the toothpick Himself he offers a handful of water
Himself he calls the men to eat Himself he bids them off
The Lord is merciful He makes him walk in his will
Guru Amar Das created the community kitchen during his time as the third Sikh guru in the 16th century. Its purpose, he said, was to place all of humanity on the same plane.As you enter the complex, you hear the clattering of the vessels is sure to catch your attention. Before you realize, you are passed on the plates and spoon for the meal.
Golden Temple’s langar(Guru ka langar) is the World’s largest free eatery.Each visitor here gets a wholesome vegetarian meal, served by volunteers 24/7
Anyone can eat for free here, and many, many people do. On a weekday, about 100,000 come. On weekends, almost twice as many people visit.
Each visitor gets a wholesome vegetarian meal, served by volunteers.A regular meal consists of Roti(Flat Indian bread),lentils,vegetable curry and a sweet dish(generally kheer, i.e. dessert made up of milk and rice).
The meal is very simple and tasteful and why not, when hundreds of volunteers gather to prepare the food ,listening to the hyms being recited in the complex.
Tea is also served in bowls.You can sit down and thank God for the grace showered upon.The Tea has unique flavour because of the spices.
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