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It is lunchtime at what may be the world’s largest free eatery, the langar, or community kitchen at this city’s glimmering Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Everything is ready for the big rush. Thousands of volunteers have scrubbed the floors, chopped onions, shelled peas and peeled garlic. At least 40,000 metal plates, bowls and spoons have been washed, stacked and are ready to go.

Anyone can eat for free here, and many, many people do. On a weekday, about 80,000 come. On weekends, almost twice as many people visit. Each visitor gets a wholesome vegetarian meal, served by volunteers who embody India’s religious and ethnic mosaic.

“This is our tradition,” said Harpinder Singh, the 45-year-old manager of this huge operation. “Anyone who wants can come and eat.”

Having read about the Langar I was anxious to visit the place, so I arrived early before midday and was able to watch all kind of activities before lunch
I was fascinated waking, watching, taking photos, nobody said a word, I only receive smiles or curious glances like the ones from these men waiting for food
Later I was told that I have been the only occidental at the hole place this day

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  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2078 W: 17 N: 4179] (17070)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-06-01
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/2.8
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 12:01
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