History of SIKHISM Sikhism is a religion that originated in Northern India in the fifteenth century with the birth of first of the ten Gurus of Sikhs, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, on October 20, 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the now Shekhupura District of Pakistan. This system of religious philosophy and expression has been traditionally known as the Gurmat (literally the teachings of the gurus) or the Sikh Dharma. Sikhism comes from the word Sikh, which in turn comes from the Sanskrit root sisya meaning "disciple" or "learner", or siksha meaning "instruction. Sikhism is the fifth-largest organised religion in the world. GURDWARA During the times of the early Gurus, Sikh places of worship were referred to as dharamsalas. They were a place where Sikhs could gather to hear the Guru speak or sing hymns. As the Sikh population continued to grow Guru Hargobind introduced the word Gurdwara, meaning the gateway through which the Guru could be reached. Thereafter all Sikh places of worship came to be known as Gurdwaras. Any place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed and treated with due respect can be referred to as a Gurdwara. GURDWARA SAHIB OF SOUTH WEST HOUSTON (Established April 23, 2006) The residents of Sugar Land and South West Houston established Gurdwara Sahib of South West Houston on April 23rd, 2006. The shabad kirtan dewan is held every SUNDAY (morning) and FRIDAY (evening). The proceedings begin with the Asa-di-Vaar at 8:00 AM in the morning followed by recitation of the Sukhmani Sahib at 10:00 AM. The main shabad kirtan dewan starts at 11:30 AM, and ends with Anand Sahib and ‘ardas’ at 12:45 PM. The 5-hour religious program ends with the ‘Guru ka langar’ hosted by one of the sangat members. Approximately, 350 to 450 people attend the Sunday dewan. Friday evening dewan is held at 7:30 PM and ends with langar seva at 9:00 PM.