About Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region, by Guru Nanak which continued to progress with ten successive Sikh gurus, the last and current teaching being the holy scripture, Guru Granth Sahib. It is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, with approximately 30 million Sikhs.
The Sikh Temple of WI is organized to promote the principles & ideals of the Sikh religion regardless of color, creed, race, or national origin. The Sikh Temple is devoted to the principles and the ideals of Sikhism.
The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was established on October 1, 1997. It started with a few families and the sangat (congregation) gathered in the rental community halls in the south side of Milwaukee. In October 1999 Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was formally established in the 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee location. At this time there are 450-500 people in the congregation. The hall and parking lot had outgrown the needs of the Sangat and a new Gurdwara was built in Oak Creek to better serve the needs of the growing community.
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin bought 13 acres of land at 7512 S Howell Ave near the airport in Oak Creek. The construction of 17,500 sq feet Gurdwara was completed on April 13th 2007. This beautiful brick building has a library, educational area for children, play area and ample parking. It provides space for childcare of infants and small children. There are instruction in reading, writing and speaking of Punjabi language with a recently started mentoring program. There are accommodations for visiting ragi jathas (priests) from around the country and the world.
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin has collaborated with the Rangla Punjab organization, which organizes gidha, bhangra and many other cultural activities and represents the Sikh community in various local and national cultural competitions.