Front entrance to gurdwara

The Sikh Foundation of Virginia was founded in the early to mid-1970s. At that time, there was no Gurdwara in Virginia, and families used to go to either the Gurdwara on Military Road in Washington, DC, or the Guru Nanak Foundation of America, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Once the number of families in Northern Virginia reached a critical mass, about a dozen like-minded Punjabi families came together to explore the idea of building a gurdwara in Northern Virginia to meet the religious, cultural and social needs of their community. The first meeting was held in Fairfax County Library in Fairfax City in 1978. An Ad hoc Committee was formed and tasked with writing the Constitution and Bylaws of a religious non-profit organization, and looking for a property to build the gurdwara.

Over the next three years, the Committee launched a membership drive, selected and registered the name of the organization as Sikh Foundation of Virginia, and approved its Constitution and Bylaws.

The organization purchased a five acre piece of land in 1981, but design, permits, and fundraising took another 5-6 years. In the meantime, the community started holding kirtan diwan and langar on Sundays at various members’ houses. The groundbreaking for the building was held in 1987, and the present Gurdwara Sahib was inaugurated on Baisakhi day in 1989.

Since then, the Sikh Foundation of Virginia Gurdwara Sahib has been serving the community by holding regular diwans, and catering to various religious, spiritual, and cultural needs of the community. Over time, to keep up with the growth of the congregation and its concomitant demands, the original building has been renovated and upgraded by enlarging stairs, expanding kitchen, adding lobby/ patio/Porch, and building an additional room upstairs for Akhand Paths.

The Sikh Foundation of Virginia Gurdwara Sahib has the distinction of being the oldest Gurdwara established in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Bhai Satpal Singh: Head Granthi

Bhai Satpal Singh Ji has been with SFV since April, 2013. Well qualified in Gurbani and Sikh religious traditions and practices. He is a graduate of Khalsa College Higher Secondary School (Amritsar), as well as of Shaheed Sikh Missionary College Amritsar. He performed Kirtan Seva at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Malwia Nagar) New Delhi, for seven years after, In addition, he has performed Kirtan Sevas at various Gurdwaras in Australia and Canada before joining the Sikh Foundation of Virginia.

Bhai Onkar Singh: Tabla Player

Bhai Onkar Singh has been with SFV since January of 2014. He has over 20 years of Kirtan experience at various Gurdwaras in India, England, Canada and the USA. He is a graduate of Sangeet Visharad Pratham Khand, Chandigarh.

Bhai Karim Singh: Chrous Singer

Bhai Karam Singh has been at SFV since December, 2014. He has over 24 years of Kirtan Sevas at various Gurdwaras in India, England, Canada and the USA. He has Vocal and Tabla Certificates from Paryag Sangit Samiti Allahabad, as well as five years training and certificates from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Vidya Kendar,Paonta Sahib.

Name Title Phone
Surjeet Singh Sidhu Chairman (703) 690-4870
Sarbjit Singh Kochhar Secretary (703) 625-6818
Devinder Singh Behniwal Treasurer (703) 690-4870
Harmohinder Singh Chahal Public Relations Officer (703) 362-3239
Harjit Singh Chawla Member (703) 590-5170
Randhir S. Chhatwal Member (978) 884-8333
Sukhbir Singh Sekhon Member (571) 213-0827
Name Title Phone
Hakam Singh Saund Construction (202) 438-3774
Harjit Singh Chawla IT/Audio Visual (703) 590-5170
Sukhbir Singh Sekhon Langar (571) 213-0827
Harpal Singh Sambe Maintenance (703) 930-2323
Amarjit Sign Riat Membership/Bylaws (703) 754-9169
Ajaib Singh Security (540) 720-5755
Paramjit Singh Sachdeva Yourth/Education (703) 927-0752
Manjit Singh Taneja Sikh Affairs/Library/Health (703) 585-1078
Sikh Foundation of Virginia's current version of the Constitution and Bylaws are dated July 17, 2020. A signed copy is available below for downloaded.

Click HERE for a PDF copy of the SFV Constitution & Bylaws.