Men, women and children prayed at the Milford Gurdwara Sahib the day after a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5.
The New England Sikh Study Circle broke ground on the new facility on July 29, a week before a gunman walked into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six people.
Pictured: A candle light vigil with chants followed prayer outside of the New England Gurdwara Sahib.
The New England Sikh Study Circle was founded in 1968 but the group did not buy its own temple until 1990, when they it bought the current building in Milford.
Pictured: Mehr Kaur of Hopkinton, center, lit candles for those attending the vigil on August 6.
“As an expression of sense of loss, the community gathered for prayers and candle vigil. This allowed us to share the grief and pray together for the victims and their families. After the vigil, people talked about their feelings and how to help the victims and their family,” said Malkit Singh Gill.
Pictured: Men sat and prayed before heading out to a scheduled vigil.
The Milford congregation has grown so large, drawing with 200 to 300 families attending weekly services and upwards of 600 at special events, NESSC plans to move that the organization is planning to move the temple to a sprawling 37-acre campus recently purchased in Westborough within two years.
Pictured: An overall view of the of the Gurdwara Sahib in Milford as people entered August 6 for a prayer and vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.
The Milford gurdwara, gurduara, one of just four Sikh temples in Massachusetts, offers weekly services Friday nights and Sunday mornings in Punjabi, with English translation available, plus classes in Punjabi and Sikh theology. The state’s other Sikh temples are in Millis, Everett, and Somerville, Everett, and Millis.
Pictured: People lined up to bow in front of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture, before prayer.
An unidentified man bowed in front of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture, before prayer.
On August 12, thousands of locals memorialized the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting and celebrated India’s independence at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.
Pictured: Dancers from Boston Garba rehearsed behind The Hatch Memorial Shell on India Day 2012, a food and dance-filled event celebrating the 65th anniversary of India’s Independence.