Langar at the Golden Temple — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Kind and Caring

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Kind and Caring.

The Sikh people serve free hot meals in their temples around the world to anyone who comes, regardless of religion. When we visited Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab, we ate the communal meal at the Golden Temple with hundreds of other fellow travelers. The langar hall at the temple is the largest free kitchen in the world. Dozens of volunteers work continuously to prepare the food in a gigantic kitchen. The photo below shows volunteers preparing the freshly baked roti just prior to serving.



Diners sit cross-legged on the floor in long rows. Each row contains more than 100 diners and there are rows and rows in the hall. The meal was simple but very good. We felt a deep sense of kindness and caring from the Sikh people who serve these meals as a labor of love.


These photos were taken on October 25, 2014. Specs are:

First photo: Olympus TG-3, ISO 100,  f/2.8, 1/160 sec, 4.8mm

Second photo: Olympus TG-3, ISO 800,  f/2, 1/25 sec, 4.5mm