After Racist Attack, US Gurdwara Holds Open House To Spread Awareness

On January 13, the priest of Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib in Orangevale saw words "White Power" and a swastika.

After Racist Attack, US Gurdwara Holds Open House To Spread Awareness
Washington:

A Gurdwara in the US state of California organised an open house and welcomed hundreds of people in a bid to spread awareness about the religion, weeks after it was defaced with a swastika graffiti in an apparent hate-crime.

On January 13, the priest of Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib in Orangevale saw words "White Power", along with a Swastika in at the Gurdwara.

On Saturday, members of the minority community welcomed hundreds of people from different backgrounds, religions and races to an open house and lunch to reject the hate-fuelled message, The Sacramento Bee news website reported.

"To see everyone come here in solidarity, shoulder to shoulder, is very uplifting. It's very encouraging. We are one," a community member, Jashan Singh, told the people.

Donning turban, the community members welcomed people and served them vegetarian food including Chana Sabji (gram gravy) and Daal (lentil).

In California, there are about 300,000 Sikhs, according to the local temple, and about 40,000 in the Sacramento Valley alone, the report said.

The open house was organised to educate people about Sikhism and their religious practices.

Open house organiser Dimple Bhullar said: "We just want to make sure everyone knows why we are welcoming them and educating them".

Mr Bhullar said the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are investigating the case of vandalism.

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