A delegation of 19 members of the US Congress paid their respects on Friday at the Golden Temple where they praised the tradition of the Sikh community to provide “langar” without discrimination.
The delegation consisted of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Cory Booker (New Jersey), Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island), Mark Kelly (Arizona), and New York-17 Representative Mondaire Jones. It also included the family members of Senators and Charges d’Affaires of the US Embassy in New Delhi, Patricia Lacina, Policy Officer of the US Embassy, Dane Robbins and Policy Officer of the Embassy of the United States, Coberly Travis.
Before offering prayers, the delegation visited the community kitchen of the shrine. Later, he paid homage to the Golden Temple and Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, officials from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) said.
The SGPC said it has honored American leaders with “Siropa” (robe of honor), the model of Sri Harmandar Sahib and books related to the Sikh faith.
Senator Gillibrand said, “We came here to worship and we were not only inspired by what we saw, but we are
also amazed after visiting this holy place.
“The generosity of the (Sikh) community to provide food (langar) to anyone who wants food, to work together to ensure that millions of people can be fed right here from the community kitchen and to enable millions of people around the world to worship in this most sacred and special place. We are honored to be here and grateful for it.