President of Lodi’s Sikh temple came to U.S. to better himself
Sikh temple president Ajitpal Kahlon talks about his role, faith
and culture at Lodi’s Deshmesh Darbar Sikh Temple on Wednesday,
Nov. 30, 2011.
- Ajitpal S. Kahlon at a glance
Born: India. Lived in the city Amrietsar in the
state of Punjab.
Moved to United States: 1985, at age 25.
Residence: North Stockton since 2004.
Occupation: Driver at Safeway Distribution
Center in Tracy; owns Subway sandwich shop on Benjamin Holt Drive
Hobbies: Basketball, volleyball.
Family: Wife ,Jagwinder Kahlon, whom he married
in 1990; two sons, Ajaypal, 18, and Jashandeep, 15.
— Source: Ajitpal Kahlon
- Sikhism at a glance
The first Sikh temple in the United States was built in Stockton
It is the world’s fifth-largest religion, with 26 million
It originated more than 500 years ago in India.
It is a distinct religion, having no links with Hinduism or
Sikhs have lived in the U.S. for more than 100 years.
83,000 Sikh soldiers died during World Wars I and II.
They wear turbans to cover long, uncut hair. Turbans are made of
cloth about 15 feet long and wrapped neatly around the head every
time it is put on. Turbans symbolize discipline, integrity,
humility and spirituality.
— Source: infoaboutsikhs.com
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 7:52 am, Wed Dec 21, 2011.
Ajitpal Kahlon was a professional basketball player for his
local police department for five years in his native India when he
joined his aunt and mother in the Lodi area in 1985.
Kahlon, 52, said he came to America with hopes for a better
life. His aunt had already moved to Woodbridge, and then his mother
moved to Bouldin Island in the Delta. He lived on Bouldin Island
for a few months before moving to Lodi.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 7:52 am.