Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 19, 2001

Source: The Post-Standard

On November 19, 2001 The Post-Standard reported, "Sikh Temple Burns in Palermo." It noted, "A suspicious fire early Sunday extensively damaged Gobind Sadan, USA, an interfaith religious center in Palermo where many of Central New York's Sikhs worship...The fire damaged the main building of Gobind Sadan, USA, an Interfaith Retreat and Meditation Center, where people from all religions interact and offer spiritual counseling." Despite extensive damage to the building, the Guru Granth Sahib (the religious scripture of the Sikhs) was not burned. Spokesperson Ralph Singh noted, "'They can burn the structure, but God's holy word will always triumph over evil.'"