Sikh Teachings and Teachers

Golden Temple & Amritsar | History & Details

The most renowned Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, popularly known as the Harimandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib is situated in the centre of Amritsar, one of the most flourishing trading centres of northern India, located 60 km from Lahore (Pakistan) and 85 km from Jalandhar (India) on the Grand Trunk Road. It is a living monument around which revolve the major currents of the history...

Guru Nānak | Biography | Short

Guru Nanak | Biography | Short, for beginners and easy quoting. Guru Nānak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh religion. In 1499 AD while living at Sultanpur Lodhi, one morning Guru Nānak Sahib went to the rivulet Bein to take the bath, where he got immersed in Nām Simran and was blessed with Divine Realization. Coming out of it, he gave His first sermon to...

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple. Amritsar (Lit. The Tank of Nectar) is, first and foremost, the city of the Golden Temple (Swarna Mandir) or Harmandir (the Temple of God). The Golden Temple, a two storied marble structure in the centre of the sacred tank, Amrit Sār, the central dome of the temple and the upper half of the walls were covered with Gold-leafed copper sheets by Maharaja...

World Seat of Sikhism

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, also known as Har Mandir in Punjab and India, and Golden Temple in the western world, is the world seat of Sikhism as the Kaaba in Mecca for Muslims, Vatican in Rome for Christians and Varāṇasī in India for Hindus. It is a living symbol of spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs. It emerged in the 17th century, when,...

Sikh Nation and Social Revolution

Sikhism is the only indigenous revolutionary philosophy of the Indian subcontinent that took birth in Punjab in the Indus Valley. It was formally consecrated by Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th successor of Guru Nānak, at Anandpur Sahib, on the Vaisakhi day 1699 A.D; by administering Amrit from the same iron bowl to the initiates, thereby abolishing of the divisive Hindu Caste System among its followers,...

Origin of Sikhism

Sikhism took its birth in Punjab in the Indian subcontinent among the two already well-established religions of Hinduism and Islam towards the end of the 15th century. It was founded by Guru Nānak in 1496 A.D; at Sultanpur Lodhi (Punjab) as revealed to him by Akal Purakh (God). Guru Nānak preached: "There is only one God. He is infinite and gracious. This universe is His...

Sikhism, an Introduction

Sikhism is a major religion of India and fifth largest faith in the world. Its followers are called “Sikhs”. Presently it has about 28 million adherents in the entire world. The basic principles of Sikh philosophy and its contributions towards social services and sacrifices for human rights and religious freedom of common people have raised its status to that of a unique universal world religion...

Ardās | Sikh Prayer

Ardās, supplication and recollection, is the ritual prayer which Sikhs, individually or in congregation, recite morning and evening and in fact whenever they perform a religious service and at the beginning and conclusion of family, public or religious functions. Ardās is not inscribed in the Guru Granth Sāhib. It is an evolute of the community's heart in prayer over the centuries. Ardās starts with the...

Kirtan Sohila | Sikh Evening Prayer

Kirtan Sohila | Sikh Evening Prayer. One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru: In that house where the Praises of the Creator are chanted and contemplated -in that house, sing Songs of Praise; meditate and remember the Creator Lord. Sing the Songs of Praise of my Fearless Lord. I am a sacrifice to that Song of Praise which brings eternal peace...

Jap Ji | The Essence of Guru

What is Jap Ji? Jap Ji is the beautiful hymn of Guru Nanak which appears as a prologue to the Guru Granth Sahib, the voluminous scriptural treasure of the Sikhs, which comprises over 1400 pages. The Jap Ji lays down the basic principles of his teachings and explains the means to achieve atonement with the One Being, the Creator of all. The Jap Ji is...

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