Oklahoma City Sikhs build expanded house of worship

Sabi Singh, a leader with the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma, said the Sikh congregation held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new building April 15 on property that also includes the congregation's current gurdwara at 4525 NW 16.
by Carla Hinton Published: May 5, 2012
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The Sikhism community in the Oklahoma City metro area recently broke ground on a new house of worship.

Sabi Singh, a leader with the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma, said the Sikh congregation held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new building April 15 on property that also includes the congregation's current gurdwara at 4525 NW 16.

In this question-and-answer format, Singh discusses the congregation's plans:

Q: When will the new building be completed?

A: The plan is to have it in place by April 2013.

Q: What is the estimated cost of the building project?

A: $500,000.

Q: How big is the new building?

A: The building will be 5,000 square feet. Our current gurdwara is 2,300 square feet.

Q: Why did the congregation decide to build a new gurdwara?

A: Growth. We need a bigger building to accommodate people. We started out in 1983 with 10 families, about 35 people. We began to grow in the mid-1990s, and now we have about 110 people in our congregation. The new building will accommodate about 200 people.

Q: What unique features will the new gurdwara have?

A: Most traditional gurdwaras have a dome on top but for various reasons, we decided to go without this. The building will include the most common sign of Sikhism on its exterior: a symbol of the first word/phrase of our Scripture: “one God.”

Q: What will happen to your current worship building once the new building is completed?

A: The new building is being constructed toward the back of our parcel of land on NW 16 just west of Meridian.

We have talked about using the smaller building as a free medical clinic or maybe a community center. It will be something for the community.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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