What is a Gurdwara?

Gurdwara, meaning the ‘Guru’s Door’, is the place of worship for Sikhs and training ground to learn Guru’s outlook on life. Gurdwaras are open to all regardless of faith, race or gender. Its two intrinsic parts are the prayer hall and the dining hall.

In the darbar (prayer hall), Sikhs bow to the Eternal Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS); poetic scripture composed and compiled by the Gurus themselves. Men and women sit communally and at an equal level to read or sing divine hymns of love from Gurbani. Singing is usually led by musicians sitting at the front on a stage. Music is the language of the soul. Guru taught that singing the praises of Waheguru (God) is the highest action. The Gurus were amazing musicians and in fact arranged the SGGS into sections by music. Sikhi has no priests; any Sikh (male or female) can lead the congregation in reading or singing Gurbani.

In the langar (dining hall), free food is constantly served and available to anyone of any background. Everyone sits equally and eats the same food putting equality into practice. The food is prepared by volunteers and anyone is able to serve and experience the joys of around 100,000 people eat langar everyday at the Golden Temple in Amritsar alone. Guru taught to apply seva in the wider world and one of the biggest food banks in Toronto is run by Sikhs.

(Information from Basics of Sikhi's 10 Questions Booklet)

Cardiff's Local Gurdwara

Pearl Street Gurdwara Sahib

Pearl Street Gurdwara Sahib was established in 1977 and has been serving the community ever since.

It is open to vistors of all faiths and backgrounds at the following times:


06:00-07:00: Nitnem and Path Sukhmani Sahib ji
18:00-19:00: Kirtan & Evening Prakash


10:00-12:30: Diwan - Assa di War & Kirtan & Shabad Vichar
10:00-11:00: Gurmat Classes (Religious Education)
11:00-12:00: Punjabi and Gurmukhi Lessons
13:00: Samapti & Langar


212a Pearl St,
South Glamorgan,
CF24 1RD.

Sikh Society Gurdwara Visits

Members of Cardiff University Sikh Society regularly visit the Gurdwara together on Sundays, sharing taxis or lifts to get there. Members may log in to sign up for Gurdwara trips. We also welcome non-members to visit the Gurdwara with us. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to come too! 


Information correct as of 22nd March 2015