The Sikh community recently announced plans to construct a $3 million building to serve as a new Sikh gurdwara, or temple, to replace the current facility.
SikhsPAC founder and Chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, Fishers, said the main purpose for the new building is to accomodate growth in the Sikh community throughout Hamilton County.
“Our Sikh community is growing in Fishers and Noblesville,” Singh Khalsa stated in a press release. “In just the past decade, we have grown from five families to more than 500 families.”
Groundbreaking for the new temple is planned for this summer. The project is scheduled to be complete within six months of groundbreaking.
“Our temple is open to everyone in the community, ” Singh Khalsa stated.
The Sikh community regularly gives back to others, Singh Khalsa noted.
“Presently, we serve community meals every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” Singh Khalsa stated. “We also utilize a clothing and food bank for those in need.”
A ceremony to launch the project took place Jan. 13 at the Sikh gurdwara in Fishers. The ceremony also recognized the 353rd birth anniversary of the 10th Guru Gobind Singh ji.
Mayor Scott Fadness attended the event and participated in a turban-tying. He wore the turban throughout the event. Fadness also enjoyed Indian food in the gudwara’s community kitchen.
During the event, Fadness appointed Singh Khalsa as a board member to the Economic Development and Planning Commission. Previously, Singh Khalsa served as the director of City Building Corp.
After the appointment, Fadness asked a member of the Sikh community to fill Singh Khalsa’s open spot on the City Building Corp.. In thanks, the Sikh community awarded Fadness with a medal for his efforts in inclusion and diversity.