Gravesend Gurdwara lights new LED lights and fountain for Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas celebrations

Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara turned on her new LED light and water features ahead of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas celebrations.

The Sikh Temple, on Khalsa Avenue, Gravesend, is working on replacing the fountain after it broke earlier this year.

Gurdwara General Secretary Jagdev Virdee said they had been working since the beginning of this year to fix the water feature and wanted to ensure it was lit for Diwali.

He added: “We lit it last week. Everything has been improved and the fountain has been replaced.”

Jagdev explained that the new LED lighting is easier to control and change, allowing them to change the color to accommodate different causes and events.

Previously, they had to change them manually, which was difficult to do, but the new software allows them to do it much faster and easier.

The place of worship also thanked the Sian family of Sian Formwork Ltd, Gurdeep Singh Balrow of Electrical Solutions Ltd and specialist contractors Fountaineers Ltd for completing the work.

The new water features. Photo: Jason Arthur
The lights and fountain have been replaced at the front of the Gurdwara.  Photo: Jason Arthur
The lights and fountain have been replaced at the front of the Gurdwara. Photo: Jason Arthur

The lighting and fountains were used for the first time last night as the Gurdwara celebrated Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas – which recognizes the release of the sixth Sikh Guru from prison in 1619.

There was Kirtan (singing of Sikh hymns) and Katha (preaching of Sikh philosophy) from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. which ended with a fireworks display.

Visitors were invited to join in the celebrations, but were reminded that intoxicants such as alcohol and tobacco are prohibited, as well as meat, fish and eggs.