Where the largest Sikh Temple outside India has been built It is a very impressive building, and the people we met there were also impressive, very friendly, welcoming and hospitable.
This gentleman gave us each a sweet treat - it tasted like sugared maize and it was not to everyones taste. Before leaving we were taken back into the restaurant and this time chapatties and curry were on the menu, very spicy. Most of us had just a spoonful, but Jean Kelly's husband enjoyed his so much he had a second helping of a different curry. This was accompanied by a milk pudding - rather like rice pudding, but made with thin noodles. We were not sure whether this was to dull down the hot curry, or to be eaten separately. Our Bible may talk about 'feeding the 5000' but at this temple there are around 10,000 people expected in the winter at one of their special events - so a bit more complicated than arranging a WI Tea.
The outside of the building is made of different kinds and colours of marble imported from India. Indian stonemasons came here to carve the Marble. The wonderful carved wooden balustrades inside are also of Indian origin. There are large and small stained glass panels which include the signs and symbols of the religion.
There is a website which gives a more information www.guramankdarbar.org and you can contact them via this site. Take the opportunity to visit - make a day of it. You could also visit the Church in central Gravesend where the grave of Pocahontas, the American Indian Princess is to be found, and take to the seas(or river) on a Passenger Ferry across to Tilbury and back.
Our excuse for not eating much was that we had a Carvery Lunch planned at 'Copperfields' on the way home which we all enjoyed. An excellent day and a chance to see how others live and conduct themselves.