Colourful opening for Bangalow's Sikh temple
WOMEN wearing brightly coloured flowing silks (not saris) served up Indian delicacies and children ran around playing in the sun.
Meanwhile the flagpole wrapped in saffron silk out front was a symbol that Bangalow's Sikh temple (Gurudawarra) was finally open for business - providing a religious, educational and cultural centre for the 50 local Sikh families.
They were joined in Sunday's opening celebrations by Sikh's from all over New South Wales and Queensland.
Sunday's opening ceremony was proceeded by three days of prayers, with readings from the sacred scriptures written in an ancient form of Punjabi.
Special prayer officials carried out two hour shifts, ensuring the non-stop 24-hour-aday flow was maintained.
Sikhism is a relatively modern religion, which began 500 years ago. It is a synthesis of Hinduism and Islam. Up until now the nearest Sikh temple has been in Murwillumbah.
Ranbhir Singh Pooni from Mullumbimby said it felt good to have somewhere in the town to worship.
"Now we don't have to go far away, and it's a nice place to pray. So we're very happy."