Our latest cohort of Year 3 Undergraduates spent a day in Manchester as part of their Sikhism and Jainism Module.
At the Jain Samaj Manchester, our host Suresh explained about the beliefs, history and practices of the faith, and allowed us to explore their fantastic temple, handmade in Indian Marble.
We then journeyed across the City to the Guru Harkrishan Sahib Gurdwara. As it was Guru Nanak’s Birthday it was a very busy Temple. We were treated to a fantastic langar, before entering the diwan hall where the female granthi was singing beautifully.
Our host CJ talked us through the basics of Sikhism, but really the best part was being able to experience the community worshipping at first hand. CJ accompanied us on the accordian and help us to joyfully recite the name of Waheguru! Happ Birthday Guru Nanak Ji!
Undergraduate Third year students are currently learning about two Dharmic religions: Jainism and Sikhism. As part of this we visited two temples in Manchester, the Jain Samaj and the Sikh Gurdwara.
The first visit of the day was to the Jain temple. Housed in converted building the main room is a sports hall, which is used for a variety of activities. Next to this is the actual Temple itself – sculpted from white Indian granite it features statues of Mahavira and two of the other tirthinkaras. It really was a beautiful sight.
Suresh spoke to us about the history, beliefs and ethics of the Jains, and how the community in Manchester practise their faith in the 21st Century.
In the afternoon we went to the Gurdwara to hear about the Sikh faith. After washing our hands and covering our heads we went into the Diwan Hall. Here, Reeti talked about the background to the religion and then we heard a portion of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji read. We also got to see the Guru’s bedroom.
Finally, the highlight was to go into the Langar Hall and sample some of the wonderful food that they had prepared for us.
Part of our Year 3 undergraduate course is a module looking at two of the less popular Dharmic religions, Sikhism and Jainism. as part of this we spent a day with the two communities in Manchester.
Our first visit was to the Jain Samaj Temple. Here we were able to see the community hall with its most impressive shrine. Dominating the shrine was a beautiful rupa of Mahavira and the first and 23rd tirthinkaras, Rsabha and Parsanatha.
Our guide, Suresh Mehta spoke at great length, explaining Jain beliefs and practices, including ahimsa, the three paths and the four destinations.
We then continued across Manchester to meet our old friends at the Guru Harkrishan Sahib Gurdwara.
Our guide, Gurvinder Singh, expained the central beliefs of Sikhism and read from the Guru Granth Sahib – a wonderful experience. We then had a little tour of the gurdwara, seeing the Guru’s bedroom, before finishing by eating some lovely langar in the langar hall.