The tradition of serving langar Initiated by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and then established by the 3rd Guru Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji at Goindwal.
Even the Mughal King Akbar came and sat among the ordinary people to share langar.
The institution of Guru ka Langar has served the community in many ways. It has ensured the participation ofwomen and children in a task of service for mankind. Women play an important role in the preparation of meals, and the children help in serving food to the pangat. Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary.
Everyone is welcome to share the Langar; no one is turned away. Each week a family or several families volunteer to provide and prepare the Langar. This is very generous, as there may be several hundred people to feed, and caterersare not allowed. All the preparation, the cooking and the washing-up is done by volunteers and or by voluntaryhelpers (Sewadars).