Guru Nanak:"God is neither appointed nor created. He's self-existent, the Immaculate one."
Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.
  • Introduction
  • Historical Events
  • Anti-Sikh Pogrom
  • Learn Punjabi

Introduction to Sikhism

Over twenty million Sikhs follow a revealed, distinct, and unique religion born five centuries ago in the Punjab region of northern India. Between 1469 and 1708, ten Gurus preached a simple message of truth, devotion to God, and universal equality. Often mistaken as a combination of Hinduism and Islam, the Sikh religion can be characterized as a completely independent faith:

Sikhism rejects idolatry, the caste system, ritualism, and asceticism. It recognizes the equality between both genders and all religions, prohibits the intake of any intoxicants, and encourages an honest, truthful living. Sikhs have their own holy scripture, Guru Granth Sahib. Written, composed, and compiled by the Sikh Gurus themselves, the Guru Granth Sahib serves as the ultimate source of spiritual guidance for Sikhs. While the Sikhs hold their Gurus in high reverence, they are not to be worshipped; Sikhs may only worship God.

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Historical Events in Sikh History

Since its inception, the Sikh community has been one of the major factors in Indian history. The Mughals understood that Sikhism was a separatist movement, and by the eighteenth century, the Sikhs had established a separate kingdom with its capital in Lahore. The Sikhs were a major force in the British Allied army as the British gradually annexed the whole of India in the 1850's and after Indian Independence, the Sikh community, half of which had to flee Muslim Pakistan after partition, became economically and politically the most significant and successful minority community in India.

To Akbar, the Sikhs were a religious community deserving imperial support. To Jahangir, they were a growing political force that potentially threatened the Empire. To Aurangzeb, the Sikhs were dangerous heretics to be stamped out at any cost. To the successors of Aurangzeb, the Sikhs were a major military and social force pulling the Empire apart. As a separate and militant community, the Sikhs still find themselves partly foreigners in their own country, suspicious of and suspected by the dominant government.

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The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom

The genocidal pogroms against the Sikh people in India in November 1984 left thousands dead. In many of the outer areas of the capital, New Delhi, whole neighbourhoods were wiped out. Women were raped in large numbers. Senior politicians of the Congress (I) party led mobs, assisted by the police and administration. Thirty years on no memorials exist to the dead and the perpetrators continue to enjoy complete impunity. But the silence is slowly breaking. Not just about the damage caused to the justice system, memory and language in India, but also about the individual and collective trauma that exists within Sikh communities across the world.

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Learn Punjabi

The word 'Gurmukhi' literally means from the mouth of the Guru. It was developed in the 16th century CE by the second Sikh guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji, to write the Punjabi language.

Gurmukhi has 41 alphabets/varanmala (35 basic + 5 Urdu + 1 Talvi) as well as ten vowel modifiers. In addition there are five special sound modifier symbols. A vertical bar is used to indicate the end of a sentences. Two vertical bars indicate a longer pause between sentences or paragraphs.

Punjabi is a language (what we speak). Gurmukhi is a script (how we write Punjabi)

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Sikhism News

Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) president Sukhbir Badal recently urged Indian home minister Rajnath Singh to review the (so-called) blacklist of the Sikhs residing abroad maintained by the Indian State. He urged BJP government to delete...
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Punjabi singer Jazzy B was reportedly questioned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials for over six hours in connection with his suspected involvement in illegal foreign transactions. He was interrogated by ED officials on Dec. 17. He was being summoned in...
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Threat to the Sikh identity is apparent and real in India as the Hindutva forces are hell-bent to assimilate the Sikhs to Hindu fold, but Badals are known for playing petty politics on this sensitive and serious issue.
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Jalandhar, Punjab: The statue of late Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji, Distinguished Flying Cross, was unveiled during a ceremony at Gravesend in the UK. Mahinder Singh Pujji went to the UK in 1940 and joined the Royal Air Force during the...
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Amritsar, Punjab: In a unique initiative, Akal Purakh Ki Fauj (APKF), a Sikh organisation, has decided to bring Sikh entrepreneurs from across the globe on a single platform by launching “Coalition of Sikh Entrepreneurs” (CSE). Addressing the first meeting of the...
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Amritsar, Punjab: Even as the demand that Akal Takht should initiate action against former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for alleged distortion of “gurbani” is gaining ground, most of the Sikh intellectuals say a “patit” (apostate) Sikh could not even be...
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Sikh Matrimonials

Sikh Matrimonials
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Sikh Matrimonials
God covers the many shortcomings of His slaves. Granting His Mercy, God makes them His own. || 1 || You emancipate Your humble servant, and rescue him from the noose of the world, which is just a dream. || 1 || Pause || Even huge mountains of sin and corruption are removed in an instant by the Merciful Lord. || 2 || Sorrow, disease and the most terrible calamities are removed by meditating on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 3 || Bestowing His Glance...
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Sikhism Stories

  • Guru Nanak and Babur

    The Sakhi of Sacred Thread (Article taken from . "Bedtime Stories" written by Santokh Singh) When Guru Nanak attained the age of nine, the day was fixed for him to wear the sacred thread prescribed by Manu, the originator of Hindu rituals and the cas...