NZ2364 : Sikh Gurdwara, Cottenham Street

taken 3 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

Sikh Gurdwara, Cottenham Street
Sikh Gurdwara, Cottenham Street
Newcastle's new 2.5m Sikh temple opened in 2013. The building is L-shaped with two prayer halls, classrooms and a Langar, or eating area. The entrance is a huge horseshoe shaped screen with glazed glass and above that is a golden dome about six metres in diameter.

The design on the gates is the Khanda, a symbol of the Sikhs, as the Cross is to Christians or the Star of David is to Jews. It reflects some of the fundamental concepts of Sikhism. The symbol derives its name from the double-edged sword (also called a Khanda) which appears at the centre of the logo. This double-edged sword is a metaphor of Divine Knowledge, its sharp edges cleaving Truth from Falsehood. The circle around the Khanda is the Chakar. The Chakar being a circle without a beginning or an end symbolizes the perfection of God who is eternal. The Chakar is surrounded by two curved swords called Kirpans. These two swords symbolize the twin concepts of Meeri and Peeri - Temporal and Spiritual authority introduced by Guru Hargobind. They emphasize the equal emphasis that a Sikh must place on spiritual aspirations as well as obligations to society.

Nishan Sahib is the name given to the flag which is seen flying outside every Sikh Gurdwara (Temple) NZ2364 : Sikh Gurdwara, Cottenham Street. It is a triangular piece of ochre or saffron coloured cloth with the Khanda emblem in the middle. The flagpost also has a khanda or spear on top and is usually covered with the same cloth as the flag. The use of the Nishan Sahib was first introduced by Guru Hargobind.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 January, 2016   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 28 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport 
Primary Subject of Photo
Temple 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2383 6428 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.3543N 1:37.7561W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2378 6431
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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