The iconic gurdwara, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, will now serve only organic food at its daily langar. More than one lakh devotees partake in the service. Langar is the term used for the common kitchen/canteen where food is served in a gurdwara to all visitors (without distinction of background) for free. Only vegetarian food is served, to ensure that all people, regardless of their dietary restrictions, can eat as equals.
In a report in the Hindustan Times, though the kitchen at the Golden Temple gets only a 10-quintal supply of organic vegetable every three-to-four days, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) plans to increase the quantity of naturally grown veggies by motivating other gurdwaras to adopt a similar programme and grow organic food on their land.
According to Zee News, the SGPC additional secretary Daljit Bedi said, “In January, we started serving organic carrot, radish, spinach, and cabbage as part of langar. The purpose is to serve devotees food that is chemical-free.”
The vegetables for the organic langar are produced on the seven-acre SGPC farm attached with Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani Sahib, where the first seeds were sown one-and-a-half-year back. The committee has also started growing wheat and fruits at Satlani Sahib for the organic langar.
Now that summer vegetables have been sown, the SGPC plans to expand the reach of organic veggies. “Expert advice from Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited will help us get best results,” said Daljit.