About a hundred and sixty kilometres from Nairobi stands the Makindu Gurdwara, a Sikh temple steeped in history and legend. Constructed in 1926 by railway workers, it served as a spiritual haven for Sikhs and others travelling the busy Mombasa-Nairobi route.

From Humble Beginnings to Miraculous Events

The Gurdwara’s origins are humble, starting as a tin-roofed hut under a sacred tree. Yet, its story is woven with tales of wonder. When the railway moved on, leaving the tiny temple behind, it miraculously survived a fire and a plague, leaving the holy scriptures untouched. These events cemented the Gurdwara’s significance, attracting devotees with stories of divine blessings and spiritual encounters.

A Sanctuary for All

Today, the Makindu Gurdwara has blossomed into a vibrant complex, welcoming people of all faiths. Its serene atmosphere and free langar (communal meals) offer respite to weary travellers. Tourists flock to experience this unique haven, often extending their journeys to bask in its peaceful ambience. This place acts as a central point for the community, providing a place to stay for travellers and promoting conversations between individuals of various faiths.

A Whispering Legend

The whispers of miracles and divine presence continue to echo around the Gurdwara. Devotees share stories of answered prayers and wishes granted, solidifying the temple’s special place in their hearts. Whether seeking spiritual solace or simply a peaceful break, the Makindu Gurdwara offers a unique experience for all who visit.

So, if you find yourself on the road between Nairobi and Mombasa, consider taking a detour to this remarkable sanctuary. Immerse yourself in its tranquillity and savour the free langar. This Temple is the first and the second biggest after the Kericho Sikh Temple and the most famous in East Africa.