Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area
The Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area (also known as Gurdwara Sahib of El Sobrante) is a Sikh gurdwara in the hills of unincorporated El Sobrante, California, in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Center was established in May 1979.
The Center features large golden domes atop a pink-cream-beige tiled box arched structure. Regular services are held every Wednesday and Sunday. The site is open to drop in visitors from 5AM to 9PM. Langar, collective eating while sitting on floor, is given every day, free of cost, to all visitors, Sikh or non-Sikh. Visitors must cover their hair, be sober and have no drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products in their possession, and must enter barefoot after washing their feet.
On January 23, 2000 a gunman, Joga Singh Sandher, opened fire with an assault weapon onto temple leader, local teacher, and human rights activist Ajmer Singh Malhi, killing him and seriously injuring another worshipper before being subdued by bystanders.
One of the center's adherents is Harpreet Sandhu, a politician and activist. He is a former president of the organization as well and helped the community deal with the tragedy that occurred here.
- My Gurdwara, Gurdwara Sahib website, access date 20-02-2009
- Visiting Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Shaib website, access date 20-02-2009
- San Lorenzo man given 50-to-life sentence in Sikh leader's killing / Limo driver shot math teacher in temple by Henry Lee San Francisco Chronicle, 11-09-2001, access date 8-05-2012
- Temple shooting at odds with Sikh beliefs, by John Boudreau, Contra Costa Times, 30-01-2000, access date 20-02-2009
- Farewell to slain teacher and Sikh leader, by Shawn Masten, Contra Costa Times, 29-01-2000, access date 20-02-2009
- Fatal Shooting at Sikh Temple by Henry Lee San Francisco Chronicle, 24-01-2000, access date 31-08-2011