The gurdwara is a Sikh meeting place. Gurdwara means "the house of the guru", the guru that is there is of course the Guru Granth Sahib. It serves as a place of worship, school, meeting room, communal kitchen and if necessary a place for people to sleep. The kitchen is a place where festival food, donated, prepared and cooked by the Sikh families of the community is shared with any visitors to the gurdwara on that day. This meal is always vegetarian and is called the langar.
When people enter the gurdwara they usually fetch their shoes off, wash their hands and then go up to the Guru Granth Sahib and offer their gift. They will then touch the floor with their forehead and sit, men on the right, ladies and children on the left. They greet each other with "Sat Sri Akal" which means "Truth is eternal".
The Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most famous Sikh temple. It is a place of pilgrimage.
The focal point of a gurdwara is the canopy over the platform on which the Guru Granth Sahib is placed. In front of that are gifts of food for the langar and a box for offerings of money.
Beyond that are mats where the community will sit facing the Guru Granth Sahib.