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Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Boston

Geetha Patil

A grand graduation festivity langer (community meal) was organized by the grandfather Shri G. S. Paul to appreciate and honor the achievement of his grandson Mr. Araaish Paul who graduated from Exeter Philip Academy, NH, this May 2019. Shri Chatrick Paul is a contended person and the proud father of the boy. This graduation celebration langer with very sumptuous Prasadam was presented to the more than 500 hundred people from greater Boston region at the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Boston, Everett, MA on 09Jun2019 from 1:30 to 3:00pm. Celebrating and sharing one’s happiness with the whole community was an excellent way to rejoice the occasion.

The Sikh Sangat Society of Boston was founded in December 2005. In February 2012, they successfully moved to a larger, permanent location, in, Everett, MA and have a separate langar (community meal) hall, a larger kitchen, classrooms for students, and apartments for visiting leaders. The temple building with a large car garage located on the ground floor has a beautiful blue and yellow sign outside of the building, and a yellow flag called Nishan Sahib that strongholds high over the building. The langar hall and room for worship are located on the second floor. The building also has a large kitchen area with a huge langar hall that has beautiful rugs lining the floor makes the ambiance of the hall enjoyable and accommodates a large number of people. The Gurdwara is open to all people irrespective of their faith, gender, race, orientation or any other aspect that defines them. 

Breakfast with various mouthwatering items along with fruits and masala chai was served to all the devotees until noon as and when they arrived. At the same time, in the shrine, beautiful, soothing, and enlightening kirtans were sung by Shri Baljit Singh, Shri Moti Singh, and Shri Inder Preet Singh. People of all different ages, mostly of Punjabi descent, attend the services. Most of the attendees speak Punjabi and English, and during Sunday services, the center provides English translations and phonetic Punjabi translations of the kirtan (devotional music) on a projector screen in the worship room. At the end of the service, devotees were provided Karah Prasadam (flour based sweet food) for their consumption. A free communal meal in the form of Maha Prasadam was served to all the devotees after the service consisting of Indian vegetarian food. Smt Kalvinder Kaur and her team manages very professionally the kitchen services and Shri Balbinder Gill and his team are very dedicated and serve Prasadam to the all devotees with great smile and love.

The Sikh Sangat Society has a management committee which organizes events and seva (community service). They do not have a religious priest, but the president of the temple Shri Dalveer Singh Ji is very nice and kind person who oversees all the activities and who is always there to help and guide different service and Seva project teams that specially deal with volunteering and learning. Punjabi and Gurmat Classes, Learn Kirtan, Sports – Soccer, and Awareness about Sikhism through Media are some ongoing projects. They also participate and contribute to other community activities such as Bone Marrow Drive, support for homeless shelters, free immigration advice, a Tax Help, and interfaith events.

The main services are held on Sundays, but there are other ceremonies that are held daily and weekly. For the times of these services and for more information about their projects, please visit the Sikh Sangat Society of Boston website.

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