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In pictures: Sikh gurdwara reflects a ‘radical openness’ to everyone

In Brampton, the Sikh gathering place serves as a community centre where worshippers, revellers and people in need come together

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People enter a Sikh place of worship, the gurdwara, in Brampton, Ont., on May 19, 2013.

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The Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara is a gleaming white structure with striking minarets.

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Attendees pray as they attend a marriage ceremony at the Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara on May 19, 2013.

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Gurdwaras are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Even if a wedding with hundreds of guests is taking place, you still have freedom to go pray, meditate or have a meal whenever you like.

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Before the wedding ceremony begins, guests are given a spoonful of prasad in their cupped hands. It’s a sweet, doughy pudding that is traditionally prepared at the gurdwara as an offering to God.

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A woman cups her hands as she receives prasad during a ceremony at a gurdwara in Brampton on May 19, 2013.

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Rashpal Singh adjusts her head scarf at the Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara on May 19, 2013. Both men and women remove their shoes and cover their heads when entering the building.

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Children attend a ceremony at the Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara on May 19, 2013. Gurdwaras are all-around community hubs, with some having gyms and martial arts classes. In Brampton, the Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara is at work on a library.

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