The Sabha (SGNSS) was set up in 1981 to carry on the religious affair of the Sangat in Melbourne. Prior to that and beginning in 1977, families had met in private homes, then Rathdowne Primary School and later Box Hill Primary school as centres for the Sikh Sangat. In 1984, through the efforts of the pioneering families, the Uniting Church in Ferntree Gully was purchased and set up as the first Gurudwara in Melbourne. The move to the current premises at 127 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn, a postal warehouse refurbished and transformed to serve as a Gurudwara was made in late 1993.
This Gurudwara Sahib is the center of the local Sikh community, spreading the values of Sikhism and fulfilling the religious needs of the community. People from a radius of around 35kms come here every Sunday and Wednesday, for the diwans (Prayers). This Gurudwara Sahib offers some free facilities to the public, such as the use of the kitchen, Van for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and accommodation.
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.