Over the recent years a trend of Gurdwara affiliated community centres have been springing up in the UK where alcohol and meat are openly provided. These community centres have been given names such as Sikh Centre or Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Centre.
However the primary use of these centres is to provide social function halls that can be hired for parties and receptions openly allowing the consumption of intoxicants and meat within Gurdwara boundaries.
Sri Akal Takht Sahib Ji has voiced their concerns about this abuse towards Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Sikh Principles in a "Sandesh" issued in April 2006. This Sandesh strongly reinforces Sikh Rehit Maryada where Gurdwaras are being exploited:
• Any form of intoxicants (alcohol, drugs etc) and preparation or consumption of foods such as meat, fish and eggs are not permitted on Gurdwara property
• Buildings bought or constructed using the Daswand (one tenth of earnings) of the Sikh Sangat or Gurdwara donations are solely to be used for Gurmat purposes and the betterment of society
The BBC and media often interview members of the Gurdwara for information regarding Sikhi such as on:
The Sikh Temple,
192 Chapeltown Road,
Rather comically I found this online: "Detailed information about THE SIKH TEMPLE
This is the oldest running Gurdwara(now in the newly purpose built modern buildingin year2000)in Leeds since 1964,and is one of the earliest organisations.It is run by all 27 Amritdhari members."
More details to follow......