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OpEd: Grief

There are seven Sikh temples (gurdwara, meaning “doorway to God”) in New York City and about seven more in the metropolitan area in New York.

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Photo courtesy of Mayor Bloomberg's Office/Spencer T Tucker

We stand aggrieved with local Sikhs over the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

There are seven Sikh temples (gurdwara, meaning "doorway to God") in New York City and about seven more in the metropolitan area on this side of the Hudson River (we don't census religious sites outside of NYC; there are at least eight temples in New Jersey). Local Sikh leaders estimate that there are 15,000 Sikhs in New York City. Guru Nanak Dev founded Sikhism during the 15th Century in the Punjab region of India as a monotheistic alternative to Hinduism and Islam. We have visited every Sikh temple in the city and are thankful for their hospitality.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visted the Sikh temple in Richmond Hill, Queens on Monday, August 6, 2012:

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