Yeah gurdwara structure in Pubjab is different to here, especially the ones in the pinds. It's a square and not rectangle. And yeah people sit around maharaj on the sides and the front.
But the newer designs are like the gurdware here! They are replicating the gurdwara in the uk and making massive halls with long church like aisle.
Theres something very charming and warm about the little old gurdware in the pinds.
The several entrances to the darbar hall is also interesting.
In india the anand karaj only has the main relatives turn up, like chacha, thaiya, mama massi etc even cousins don't bother turning up or some of the male relatives lol!
It is an observation.
What you will also notice the traditional gurdwara has three exits, one at the back behind Maharaj and two on the side.
Because Maharaj tends to be more centrally located people will matha tek not once at the front but go towards the matha tek behind Maharaj and matha tek again.
There is more space to manoeuvre.
In the west, it looks odd.
In Punjab and in India (you will notice on the program on TV of Harimandir Sahib), you notice people sitting in front, behind and around the sides.
Do you think the floor plan of the darbar hall in Gurdwareh on Indian soil mimic the layout of Harmandir Sahib if we were to look at it from above? It's similar to what you're describing. The slightly off-vertical (nearer to the back) location of the building itself / Guru Granth Sahib Ji, while the fairly long-ish middle path leading up to the building / the location of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. That's interesting.
Must be living in the twilight zone to think any of us wants to be part of Islam history or Hindustan loool. He might watching to many Bollywood or Punjabi films so be this delusional.
Agree its over! WJKK WJKF