About Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis
Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis is a place of worship, reflection and community gathering. It’s open 7 days a week from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm to people of all faiths, race or ethnicity.
Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis is the oldest Gurdwara Sahib in Central Indiana with its origins dating back to the late-1960’s when Punjabi families started to arrive in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Some of the areas earliest Sikh families were K.P. Singh, Surinder S. Dhesi, Mohinder Singh, Daljit Singh, Ranjit S. Sikand, Dr. Girdhar Ahuja, Tarlochan S. Bansi, Avtar Singh, Gurdeo S. Sondhe & others. These pioneering families started to meet in one another’s homes for Sikh religious services. This led to renting a room and kitchen at the International Center of Indianapolis near the Butler University campus in the late-1970’s where the community would meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month for Diwan services. In the 1990’s, the Sikh community shifted to a hall at the India Center.
With Wahe Guru’s blessing, Gurdwara Sahib building was constructed at its current location along Indianapolis to Cincinnati interstate highway I-74 at Acton Road interchange 99 in 1999 in two separate phases – Main Hall & Langar Hall. Facility is 6,000 sq/ft of space which includes a Diwan Hall, Langar Hall, Library, Residence quarters for Giani Ji, playground and a large paved parking lot. In 1999, there were approximately 40 Sikh families.
Today, Gurdwara Sahib is well-placed to meet the needs of an ever increasing Sangat. An Executive Committee manages the day-to-day running of the Gurdwara Sahib affairs, supported by a large team of dedicated volunteers and a resident team of religious sewaks. The Sangat is able to listen to kirtan from some of the best professional raggis who provide their services for program both at the Gurdwara Sahib and homes. Regular programs are held on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. Additional kirtan programs and weddings are held at other times. Special programs are held to celebrate Vaisakhi and Gurpurabs.
Sangat has grown over the years to 250 – 300+ members attending weekly Gurdwara programs. In anticipation of future growth, Gurdwara Sahib purchased 23.5 acres of land at 5520 Senour Road (< 1 mile from the current location) for a future Gurdwara Sahib building. The area is zoned for a religious facility, internal/external layout drawings have been developed by our selected architect. Fundraising from Sangat has commenced.
Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis is a 501(c) 3 organization started to promote an understanding of Sikh teachings and how they apply to the modern world, with a focus on children in our community. We welcome your ideas and encourage your participation.