Langar Week in Ludhiana, India


Leaders of four major religions come together at the Friday Mosque to share a meal prepared  as a symbolic coming together to alleviate  world hunger.  Please watch the video which is not in English but worth a look.  After all , it is the images of people with symbols of their differences in faith coming together for the good of the poor and hungry of the world. Ludhiana is in the Punjab, not far from Amritsar where the Sikh Golden Temple is located.  At that site, they feel up to 100,000 hungry souls a day.  One of the Sikh  insightful observations is “On an empty stomach, it is hard to believe in a loving god!”

THE OLD building of Jama Masjid, Friday Mosque,  in the narrow streets of Field Ganj in Old City of Ludhiana, witnessed an unusual scene this Sunday.

A Hindu priest, P D Shukla, in saffron robes and a rudraksh mala in hand, was going around the mosque premises, asking people if they have had a proper meal. So was Manpreet Singh, a church pastor, as some Sikhs served food in the mosque’s verandah. The food was prepared in the community kitchen (langar) on the rooftop of the mosque. Close to 400 people — madrasa children, some Sikhs and labourers, too — were served food.  ( Thanks to my friend, Judy)

The Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs of Luniana came together to provide a meal, langar, for whomever wished to partake.  Yes, in Incredible India, there is a free lunch! World Hunger is a bigger issue than religious differences.

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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