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April 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

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Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle celebrates Khalsa Day


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A crowd at Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle celebrates Khalsa Day, the birthday of Sikhism, for the first time in their new congregation hall in Bothell on Sunday. The new building spans 11,000 square feet on two levels and includes a kitchen and eating area. Around 800 people attended the services, said Harjinder Singh Sandhawalia, director of public relations.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Attendees listen as the Sikh holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is read. After readings, from 10 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Sunday, Gurudwara members 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 the center. "We think we are all equal and invite other religions to join us."

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Harpal Singh Bedi gives out karah parshad to eat during Khalsa Day.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Sikh holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, was read continuously from Friday at 10 a.m. until Sunday at 10 a.m. at Gurudwara Sikh Centre.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sikh children play outside of Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle in front on their new congregation hall in Bothell.

For more photos, of the Gurudwara Sikh Centre visit the gallery.

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