Navneet Gill

House of God

Mix media, acrylic on canvas, 2016

This artwork was created to display the important features of the Sikh place of worship, called a Gurdwara. Gurdwara literally translates to the door, or house of God. The different aspects of the Gurdwara represent the teachings given by the Ten Sikh Gurus, including peace, tranquility, equality and spiritual knowledge. In this art piece, there are four golden domes, Gurdwara doorways, lotus flower leaves, and a pool of holy water.

The dome is a part of every Sikh Gurdwara and is structured to be an upside down lotus flower. The Lotus flower represented on the dome and around the center of the art piece symbolizes the virtues one should posses whilst living in this world of Maya or falsehood. These virtues include purity, beauty, discipline and truthfulness. It is in the Gurdwara that we can attain knowledge of how to live a pure lifestyle by joining the holy congregation in the presence of the Sikh scripture, Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The Gurdwara doorways situated in all four directions show that it is a place that is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, caste or colour. The water in the corner is the Gurdwara’s pool of holy water surrounded by the spiritual hymns of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

The entire Gurdwara is a place where one can learn how to create a lifestyle of purity, selfless service, discipline and meditation, or worship.