LA, CA — A Sikh temple in Los Angles has opened, a move that drew mixed reactions from many people, including those who say the Sikh religion is being marginalized.
A Sikh temple at the Sikh Temple of California is seen in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S. on March 11, 2019.
A Sikh Temple at the Sikhs Temple of Los Angeles is seen on March 13, 2019 in Los Feliz, California.
A Sikhs temple in the Los Angeles area.
A statue of Guru Gobind Singh, the Sikh spiritual leader and founder of the Sikh faith, is seen outside the Sikh temple on March 15, 2019, in Los Olas, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Los Angeles County Supervisor Gail Collins-Doyle announced the opening on Facebook, writing: “I applaud the Sikhana Sikh Temple for opening in L.A. and I am grateful for the support and goodwill they’ve received from many members of our community, including myself.”
Collins-Dowell told the LA Times she was moved by the news and that it was a great day for the community.
The news comes just a day after a Sikh man in New York was shot and killed outside a Sikh temple.
The suspect, Tasered by police, was identified as Dharamvir Singh.
He has been charged with second-degree murder.
In California, a group of Sikh men, known as the Sikh Coalition, has been working to open a Sikh Temple in Los Altos, about 30 miles north of Los Angales.
An initial effort to open the temple in 2016 was delayed because of concerns over a backlash from members of the community over the new temple.
Sikhism is a highly religious religion that follows a strict set of tenets that forbid mixing with non-Sikhs and forbids the killing of non-Muslims.
The group also forbids the wearing of turbans, which cover a headdress.
Sikh leaders have criticized the new Sikh temple as a symbol of intolerance and discrimination against minorities.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was very proud to welcome the new Sikhs into the city and to celebrate their opening.
“We will be celebrating together, as Los Angeles continues to lead the world in reducing the impact of violence against women and girls,” Garcetti wrote in a tweet.
“The new Sikh Temple will be a place where we can come together and show our love for one another and support for our communities and for our Sikh brothers and sisters in the U.K. and Canada.”
A Sikh woman wearing a kirpan, a turban, head covering, and a turquoise robe is seen at the temple.
A woman wears a turqwa and turqueta head covering during a ceremony to open Sikh Temple, Los Angeles County, California on March 14, 2019.(Photo: Eric Risberg/Associated Press)The news came just a week after the death of a British man who died after he was allegedly choked to death by two men during a gang attack.
The attack took place at a Sikh community center in London, according to the London Times.
Grimsby police are investigating the attack, and police say the men were arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
The news also comes days after another British man was killed and another was seriously injured after being assaulted in New Delhi.