Photos| World Food Day 2017: What the ‘langar’ tradition means for food security

On World Food Day 2017, a look at the centuries-old tradition of langars or free kitchens, which tackles hunger and brings people together as equals, through a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi.

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At a time when food security is a global concern, the tradition of ‘langar’ in Gurudwaras is upholding equality between people regardless of their socio-economic status by offering everyone who visits a free, wholesome meal. This is the langar hall at Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

At a time when food security is a global concern, the tradition of ‘langar’ in Gurudwaras is upholding equality between people regardless of their socio-economic status by offering everyone who visits a free, wholesome meal. This is the langar hall at Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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The langar is run by sevadars --volunteers doing selfless service-- Sikhs and others willing to help. This community kitchen invites participation from all. The function of Seva results in a sense of community among people and aims to break barriers of discrimination. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

The langar is run by sevadars --volunteers doing selfless service-- Sikhs and others willing to help. This community kitchen invites participation from all. The function of Seva results in a sense of community among people and aims to break barriers of discrimination. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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At Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh places of worship in the country, the langar promotes decorum, with its equalizing concepts of sitting and dining in a community situation, regardless of age and gender. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

At Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh places of worship in the country, the langar promotes decorum, with its equalizing concepts of sitting and dining in a community situation, regardless of age and gender. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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Servers take a break in the kitchen at Bangla Sahib. The fare at langars is always vegetarian, and traditionally comprises simple yet nourishing food-- usually dal, roti, vegetables, salad and papad. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Servers take a break in the kitchen at Bangla Sahib. The fare at langars is always vegetarian, and traditionally comprises simple yet nourishing food-- usually dal, roti, vegetables, salad and papad. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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At Bangla Sahib in New Delhi, an estimated 10,000 people come to eat the langar daily-- and rotis are made fresh for every meal in the day. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

At Bangla Sahib in New Delhi, an estimated 10,000 people come to eat the langar daily-- and rotis are made fresh for every meal in the day. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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The Sikh community has served free meals to people in times of crises, such as aid for the Rohingyas as well as the protesting farmers from Tamil Nadu in New Delhi’s Bangla Sahib Gurudwara itself. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

The Sikh community has served free meals to people in times of crises, such as aid for the Rohingyas as well as the protesting farmers from Tamil Nadu in New Delhi’s Bangla Sahib Gurudwara itself. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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