Since the time of Guru Nanak, the first guru of the Sikh people who started the tradition in 1481, the Golden Temple in Amritsar has been serving free hot meals, also known aslangar, to people of all religions and faiths who come to its doors every day.
Freelangarsare served at all Sikh gurudwaras, wherever they may be in the world, usually on Sundays. But thelangarat the Golden Temple is special indeed. This does not have so much to do with the quality of the food, which is always delicious, but for the sheer scale of the operation and the number of devoted volunteers who prepare it with much love, every single day of the week.
1. Meals in thelangarare vegetarian, and are simple, nourishing and nutritious. They usually consist ofrotis(bread), rice,daal(lentils), a vegetable dish, andkheer(dessert).
2. Thelangarat the Golden Temple serves a massive number – 50,000 people a day! On holidays/religious occasions, the number often goes up to 100,000!