In Sikhism the word gurdwara refers to the Sikh place of worship. The gurdwara houses the Guru Granth Sahib, which is Sikhism' sacred scripture, and everlasting guru of the Sikhs. Divine instruction contained in kirtan or hymns of Gurbani sung from Guru Granth Sahib offer the means to enlightenment. Thus whoever comes to the gurdwara to worship enters the door or gateway of the guru.

The greatest significance of the word gurdwara is found in its spiritual context. Gaining access through a portal capable of transporting it from spiritual ignorance and the darkness of worldly ego attachment by means of divine instruction, the soul may become spiritually illuminated and achieve liberation from the effects of ego. Such a one passes through the tenth gate, or aperture of consciousness, and attains spiritual realization of its inherent relationship as being at one with divine Waheguru.