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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sikh celebration in new hall

Crowds at Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle listen to the reading of the Sikh holy book during Khalsa Day, the birthday of Sikhism, for the first time in their new congregation hall in Bothell Sunday. The new building spans 11,000 square feet on two levels and includes a kitchen and eating area. Around 800 attended the services, said Harjinder Singh Sandhawalia, director of public relations. The Sikh holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, was read continuously from Friday at 10 a.m. until Sunday at 10 a.m. Gurudwara members then prayed, sang worship songs and played the harmonium and tabla. "We don't think our religion is better than other religions," said Manmohan Singh Dhillon, vice president of Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle. "We think we are all equal and invite other religions to join us."

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