Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple

1410 Horsehills Road NW, Edmonton

The Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple is more than just a “Little Gurdwara on the Prairie.”  At 30,000 square feet, it is the largest Gurdwara (‘Gateway to the Guru’, or temple) in Alberta, and after seven years of construction, it is not finished yet.  

Armed with a long-term vision, members of the Sikh community purchased 90 acres of land in the Horse Hill region north of Anthony Henday Drive and adjacent to Manning Drive in 1989.  Twenty acres were set aside for the temple complex.  A separate building houses farming and agricultural equipment.

The Gurdwara opened in 1996 and each Sunday, approximately 300-400 people come to worship on a regular basis.  During the full moon more than 1,000 people assemble to mark the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first of Sikhism’s Ten Gurus, who was born during the lunar phenomenon on November 6, 1469.  The Gurdwara serves an overall community of more than 12,000 people.

During the week, at least two priests study and read from the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s main religious text beginning at 4:00 am each day.  Since 2007, the Gurmukhi School Nanaksar teaches students Gurmukhi (script), Kirtan (chants) and Gurmat (the principles of Sikhism).

Food has a central place in Sikh culture.  The main feature of the Gurdwara is the Langar hall, the 10,000 square foot dining hall where vegetarian food is prepared and served each day.  At a time when dining practises were marked by cultural divisions between people, Guru Nanak declared that food should be free to all, and that all should dine together, irrespective of religion or caste. Thus the Langar’s significant kitchen, with its vast ovens, and the overwhelming sense that when you are here, you must break bread and eat.

While the surrounding area will eventually be developed as a residential subdivision, the Gurdwara community recognized the farmland’s potential.  70 acres have been set aside to grow wheat and canola, reflecting the rich agricultural traditions of the Punjab region in South Asia.  Volunteers and students from across Canada and as far away as the UK and India work on the farm in the summer, with the proceeds supporting the Gurdwara

Research courtesy of Sam Singh (@SinghingSam)

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Julie Gray - 23 Apr 2016

I've heard that there is a wonderful restaurant at your temple. Can you confirm this please? My email is gray.ja@hotmail.com ad I'd love to hear from you. Thank you

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Radha Devanathan - 01 Jun 2016

It is not a restaurant but a lunch hall open for all people no matter what their religion or caste is. Simple vegetarian food is available through the day and no one will return empty stomached. It is volunteers who serve, clean and do this. Great service to humanity. It is on all 365 days a year.

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Suzanleuenberger@hotmail.com - 08 Jul 2016

May I come to visit your temple. do I need a head covering. What time is best to visit. I have driven by your place many times and would like to visit. I visited a temple in Delhi many years ago. I enjoyed the peace. Thank you

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Harmandeep kaur - 19 Jul 2016

@Suzanleuenberger@hotmail.com Hi Suzan, you dont need any permission to visit Gurudwara Sahib. You can go anytime and there will be head coverings in a box close to Entrance.

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kimberly & Heath - 31 Jul 2016

We had a most enlightening and beautiful experience @ your Temple today. Thank YOU for your warm welcome.

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Alysha - 14 Sep 2016

Is there someone that would be able to do a tour and brief talk on the Sikh religion/traditions for a Girl Guide group at the end of November? Please email me alysha.carlson@hotmail.com

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GurYaad Singh - 24 Oct 2016

Hi Alysha, I would love to do tour and brief talk on Sikh way and traditions. 780-802-9264

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Maria - 14 Apr 2017

Today we stopped by to see the beautiful church. We ended up inside it. For me it was a experience that touched my heart. We had lunch with them who invited us to join them. You can feel the love, the peace and spirituality in the air. Thank you for welcoming us.

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Nanaksar gurdwara - 20 Aug 2017

Waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru ji

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Joanne - 02 Oct 2017

Is it possible to come and have a tour of the temple with a few of my Sorority sisters? We've always wanted to look inside and learn about the culture. If so, is there anything we need to know to wear or bring?

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Dr. Baldev Singh - 11 Oct 2017

Dear brother, Sat Sri Akal, I would like to know that is any Gurdwara near Shoppers drug mart# 0375 1650495 ST NE Edmonton AB T5Z3L0 Very urgent With regards Dr. Baldev Singh Amritsar , India Email : drbaldevsingh@yahoo.co.in Mobile No. 09465108964

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Amy - 17 Oct 2017

Hello! What day would be the Diwali celebration for this year? Thank you!

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Dheeraj Sharma - 11 Feb 2018

I would like to know that , is there are rooms for stay in the Gurudwara ? I want to come to Edmonton for some days.

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Linda Murphy - 29 Mar 2018

Do you have rooms for mini retreats or an evening women's circle?

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Trump - 29 Mar 2018

So where do you keep all the bombs ?

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Jennifer - 01 Aug 2018

What times and days is this church open to the public and are there specific times for different things?

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Michelle - 11 Sep 2018

Thank you for the warm welcome and such an informative guided tour of your beautiful Temple. Something I will never forget.

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Jutta and Ernst - 17 Sep 2018

Passing by on HWY 15, we saw and visited your temple. Thank you for your heartly welcome to us foreigners. Having lived in India earlier we are amazed by the beauty and never ending development of your place; a highlight of our 3 weeks visit to Canada

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Era: City Modern
Themes: Religion
Cultural Groups: South Asian
Area: Edmonton Region

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