Do you really need your cousins cousins, your cousins in-laws, your 3rd, 4th or 5th cousins, Your puas in-laws, massis-inlaws, "family friends" you havnt spoken to for over 10 years, really is ridiculous, inviting the relatives of you're relatives.
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!
Here you have like 80 people at your anand karaj!
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.