Many of us have found Amritsar to be a perfect getaway destination, especially for the Golden Temple. It is a unique place that serves food for both souls as well as body. The langar or the free-of-cost community kitchen in Amritsar is one of the most awe-inspiring aspects of the Gurudwara. It was conceptualised by Guru Nanak Dev, the first spiritual teacher of the Sikhs. So, if you’re feeling inspired to travel to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, we have got some mind-boggling facts about this place. Know them before you embark!
- A langar is meant for one and all. People from all walks of life can visit a gurudwara and partake in the free meal served by the volunteers.
- On an average, about a lakh people eat at the Golden Temple langar. On festive occasions and weekend, the number gets doubled due to the arrival of more visitors. However, the langar goes on regardless of the number of visitors.
- Now, let’s talk about the numbers. About 7,000 kg of wheat flour, 1,300 kg of lentils, 1,200 kg of rice are 500 kg of clarified butter are used for making the meals every day.
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- In addition, 100 LPG cylinders and 500 kg of firewood feeds the fire meant for cooking the langar food every day.
- On an average, 450 volunteers are employed in different chores like peeling and chopping the vegetables, cooking, serving, cleaning the dishes etc.
- The food cooked is essentially vegetarian. Devotees visiting the temple and those from all over the world donate for the operational expenses of the langar.
- Interestingly, the used utensils at the gurudwara are washed thrice by three different groups of volunteers to ensure they are properly cleaned. Thousands of steel plates, bowls and spoons are washed daily.
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- Rotis are prepared over electric machines in the Golden Temple that churn out 3,000 to 4,000 pieces every hour. Women volunteers also employ themselves in making at least 2,000 chapattis every hour.
- Huge cauldrons occupy space in the langar kitchen. It remains operational till late at night. And the first serving of food is ready by 8 AM!