Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area

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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.[1]


The Center was established in May 1979.[1]

The Center features large golden domes atop a pink-cream-beige tiled box arched structure. Regular services are held every Wednesday and Sunday.[1] The site is open to drop in visitors from 5AM to 9PM.[2] Langar, collective eating while sitting on floor, is given every day, free of cost, to all visitors, Sikh or non-Sikh.[2] 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.[2]

Shooting incident[edit]

On January 23, 2000 a gunman, Joga Singh Sandher,[3] 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.[4][5][6]

Notable members[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c My Gurdwara, Gurdwara Sahib website, access date 20-02-2009
  2. ^ a b c Visiting Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Shaib website, access date 20-02-2009
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Temple shooting at odds with Sikh beliefs, by John Boudreau, Contra Costa Times, 30-01-2000, access date 20-02-2009
  5. ^ Farewell to slain teacher and Sikh leader, by Shawn Masten, Contra Costa Times, 29-01-2000, access date 20-02-2009
  6. ^ Fatal Shooting at Sikh Temple by Henry Lee San Francisco Chronicle, 24-01-2000, access date 31-08-2011

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