The kitchen Of Golden Temple
The Golden Temple, located in the city of Amritsar, India is a Sikh gurdwara a place of worship. It is the most well-known gurdwara and is considered a sacred place by Sikhs.
The largest ‘langar’ of India is found there. What is a langar? Well, it’s a dream of all the foodies, means free food! It feeds roughly 40,000 people a day for free. On religious holidays and weekends, the ‘langar’ can feed upwards of 100,000 people a day. This splendid feast is made possible due to the donations and volunteering people. Sikh community is very much devoted into serving the temple, people cook food for everyone, and they even clean the shoes of other visitors! This is considered to be their devotion towards their religion.
How the meal is prepared?
Large flour grinders located under the kitchen process up to 12,000 kg of flour, 1,500 kilos of rice, 13,000 kilos of lentils, and up to 2,000 kilos of vegetables a day. On holidays, thekitchen will use their automatic roti machine which can produce 25,000 rotis per hour. More than 100 gas cylinders and 5,000 kilos of firewood is used to prepare the meals. One of the most beautiful thing about this is that anyone of any race, believe or religion is allowed to eat in the ‘langar’. They are welcomed with open arms. The gurudwara has very less staff thus all the work is done by the locals, almost 90% of them are volunteers. A total of 495 SGPC employees work at the kitchen in three shifts, apart from 150 sewadars and 250 volunteers at a time. With a call of “Jo bole so nihal… sat sri akal”, they begin eating. The food is prepared in hygienic premises. Dal, vegetables, and a thick South Asian rice pudding called kheer is served in the meal. It never closes and even late at night, pilgrims stop by for a meal. Another most fascinating thing about the feast is that it never runs out despite of how many people eat it. At morning, it serve an estimated 50,000 cups of tea and biscuits or bread. Volunteers also wash the 300,000 plates, spoons and bowls used in feeding the people. The committee spends Rs. 30 crore every year on running the langar at Golden Temple from its annual budget, which was Rs. 1,106 crore in 2017-18.