- Central Sikh Gurdwara Board
- The Sikh Center
- Central Sikh Temple
- Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road
- Gurmat Sangeet Academy
- Sikh Welfare Council
- Sikh Advisory Board
- Sri Guru Singh Sabha
- Gurdwara Khalsa Dharmak Sabha
- Pardesi Khalsa Dharmak Diwan
- Gurdwara Sahib Yishun
The mission of the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board is to propagate the Sikh Religion and inculcate its practice amongst Sikhs in Singapore.
Central Sikh Gurdwara Board
2, Towner Road
Tel:(65) 6299 3855
The members of the Board are elected/appointed respectfully by the Sadh Sangat (Sikh Congregation) every 2 years through an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members. Any Singaporean Sikh above 18 years of age can become an Ordinary Member of the Board and participate in the functioning of the Board.
Established in 2000, Gurdwara Silat Road Sikh Centre, also fondly refered to as the Sikh Centre is a 7-Storey building with facilities catering to the needs ofthe young and old alike. It boasts a fully equipped auditorium with retractable seats that seat 160 as well as a library, which is home to oyer 7000 books. lt also has a Gym, Elder's Lounge,Mini Darbar,Children's play area and a Gurmat Sangeet Academy.
The Sikh Centre is probably the World's first Sikh Community Center outside India. It was built to meet the growing needs of the Sikh community given the rapidly changing socioeconomic situation of the country as well as an increasingly demanding education system.
Sikhs in Singapore also saw the need to imbibe in the young a Sikh cultural and religious identity and hence gave the Sikh Center a direction and purpose.
The Sikh Centre is also significant in augmenting the Gurdwara's role in propagating Sikhism. It offers the Sangat a unique Sikhi learning experience that reaches out to all age groups.
9 Jalan Bukit Merah
Tel:(65) 63272004 / 5 / 7
Fax :(65) 63272009
Email: [email protected]
In 1912, with the assistance of a Sindhi merchant named Wassiamull, a group of Sikhs bought a bungalow with a large compound at 175 Queen Street and turned it into a gurdwara. The gurdwara became known as the Central Sikh Temple when other temples were established. It was also known as the Wadda Gurdwara ('The Big Temple').
The temple was reconstructed in 1921. The congregation hall was on the first floor and the kitchen and other facilities on the ground floor. It is the custom for Sikh temples to provide food and lodging to travellers.
In 1937, the government decided to set up a corporate board of trustees for the temple. In 1940, the Queen Street Gurdwara Ordinance was enacted. It provided for a board of trustees named the Queen Street Gurdwara Board of Trustees (Incorporated) made up of equal numbers of nominees from the Majha, Malwa and Doabha factions of the congregation.
In 1925, rivalry for leadership amongst the factions led them to form their own gurdwaras. Today, these gurdwaras are registered as societies and only two Sikh temples are recognised as public temples. The Central Sikh Temple remains the main temple for all Sikhs. The Silat Road temple which is also managed by the Central Sikh Temple is the other recognised public temple.
In 1959, plans for a new temple and the move away from Queen Street to a new site in Newton were formed. There were factions in the congregation that preferred to remain in Queen Street. An adjoining plot of land with nine houses on it was purchased for $100,000. The plans for the new temple here were approved by the Government in 1963. However, it was never built due to internal disagreement.
In 1976, the land adjoining the temple site was acquired by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. A year later, the land on which the temple stood was acquired. In December 1979, the temple was vacated and was temporarily housed in the former Bukit Ho Swee Community Centre at Seng Poh Road.
Plans for a new temple in Towner Road were conceived in 1983. Its construction began in 1984 and was completed in April 1986. The Central Sikh Temple at Towner Road was officially opened in November that year.
Gurmat Sangeet is a unique musical tradition of the five centuries-old Sikh religion established and preached by all the Sikh Gurus, from Guru Nanak Sahib, the Founder of Sikhism onwards. With Gurmat Sangeet, the divine message is communicated through Shabad Kirtan. Shabad Kirtan has been made an inseparable part of the Sikh way of life. Kirtan Chauki tradition has been in vogue in the gurdwaras for centuries and the Kirtan tradition in practice on special occasions is an extended form of this tradition.
The Divine Music of the Sikhs
The Sikhs have a rich musical heritage given by their Gurus. The sacred Scripture of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib is classified into 31 ragas, the musical measures. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion sang his divine revelations with his companion Bhai Mardana, a bard, who played Rabab (Rebeck). He established the Sikh tradition of singing divine hymns ( Kirtan) combining with a range of musical patterns. The Kirtan is performed day and night in Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple, Amritsar), the most sacred of Sikh shrines. In every Gurdwara, the Sikh Temple, the divine hymns are sung every morning and evening.
|Contact Us @ Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Should you require any specific information or assistance in arranging any programmes in the Gurdwara or at your residence, please contact the following:
|Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
90/92 Wilkie Road, Singapore 228086.
Telephone: (65) 63376301 Fax: (65) 63375160
E-mail: [email protected]
- Khalsa Dharmak Sabha
18 Niven Road, Singapore 228365.
Contact: +65 6338 0731
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Address: Pardesi Khalsa Dharmak Diwan
9 Lorong 29 Geylang,
Tel: +65 6741 7207
Address: Gurdwara Sahib Yishun
601 Yishun Ring Road,
Tel: +65 6753 4607