The previous Gurdwara building was located on Nithsdale Road and was the first dedicated site for a Sikh Gurdwara in Scotland. Established in the 1960s, the Gurdwara served as a place for Sikhs and non-Sikhs to pray, learn Panjabi, get married, say goodbye to loved ones and celebrate Sikh history. It served as a focal point for the political, religious and social activities for Scottish Sikhs for decades.
Over the years the Gurdwara has played host to various Sikh personalities and non-Sikh including Prime Minister Gordon Brown & Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. In fact, in the early 60’s, the Gurdwara even hosted India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
The Gurdwara provided a range of services including a community kitchen, educational classes, music lessons and a range of advice & support services.