The large Sikh men with long white mustard beards pounded the drums. Sikh men with red, blue, and even orange colored turbans sat cross-legged in all corners of the sanctuary. Women dressed in bold blue, green, and purple Punjabi suits sat consumed in prayer. As I sat on the red carpet among the 300-400 guests in the audience with my hair covered in an orange patka (head covering) and my feet crossed I could not help but realize the significance of this moment as the Sikh prayers seemed to float towards heaven and consumed my body and soul. I had to constantly remind myself that I was not in a Sikh temple in a village in the Indian Punjab but in Rockville, Maryland.