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A temple in India that offers free food has become so popular it is now applying to be included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest soup kitchen.
Every day the free kitchen at the Golden Temple in India's northern Punjab state serves up food for 200,000 visitors during the week, rising to 300,000 at the weekend.
All the staff are volunteers, and the food which is all vegetarian is doled out using ladles from buckets after being cooked in massive pots, each containing up to half a tonne of ingredients at a time.
That includes an estimated 14 tonnes of whole wheat that is daily turned into half a million discs of flat bread - known as roti - through a gas-fired machine. There are also five tonnes of lentils, 3,000 pounds of onions, 400 pounds of garlic and 500 pounds of red chilly powder.
And every day 60,000 metal plates are washed up to keep the food supply going.
"All eat for free here, this is Guru's food (God's meal)," says Amrik Singh, a volunteer.
Located in the heart of Amritsar that shares a border with Pakistan, the Golden Temple is a giant complex of marble and glittering gold.
The community kitchen was created in the 16th century by Guru Amar Das, the third Sikh guru.
"People of all faith comes from all over the world to eat in this kitchen," says Jenniffer, a Christian from Mumbai.
She is working as a volunteer. Her job is to collect funds which people donate during their visit.
It goes into the coffers to help run the world's largest kitchen.
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