The Origin of Langar


Langar began with the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the late 1400's.


He was asked by his father to go to the market with twenty rupees and return having made a profit. Guru Nanak instead decided to use the money to feed saints and those in need. He returned home to his father and explained that by giving the money to serve others, he had made a true profit, and a true trade.





Langar as a modern, shared experience


Langar is always served in a sacred environment.  In order to partake you are simply asked to remove your shoes and cover your head.

Anyone is welcome to partake in langar, and everyone is seated on the same level as a sign of equality.


Langar is a traditional concept within the Sikh faith, to provide free vegetarian food (this includes no meat, fish or eggs) to all people, regardless of any factor including class, caste, creed or race.). You are welcome to have as much as you wish, but please ensure that any food you've accepted is not wasted. Please note that it is not customary for visitors to bring their own food or drink.


The video below has more information about the sacred act of Langar. Please also visit our media section for other examples of Langar, and testimonials of interfaith experiences of Langar from the Parliament of World's Religions.


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