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The Sikh Society of Minnesota
The Sikh Society of Minnesota emerged about thirty years ago, in the early 1980s. It began simply with a group of five to ten families who gathered in one another's homes to worship together. Prayer meetings and festival celebrations were held in homes where a Guru Granth Sahib was installed, or a family with access to the sacred text would bring it to another family's home for worship. As the local Sikh population grew, they established a Gurdwara in Fridley, MN which initially served between fifty and one hundred families. When this space became too small, the community purchased and renovated a church, and the Gurdwara moved to its current location in Bloomington, MN. Members of the Gurdwara estimate that it serves a community of between 400 to 500 families.
The Gurdwara is open at all times, with formal bi-weekly worship services and community meals a held. The community gathers from approximately 7 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday evenings and from approximately 10 am - 1:30 pm on Sundays. Because of the fluid nature of Sikh worship, these times can vary based on turnout, the occassion, visiting musicians, and other factors.