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Sikhism

 

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India,
is the holiest site in the Sikh tradition.

 

The Sikh Way emerges around the life of Guru Nanak (1469-1539) and the nine succeeding gurus. The tradition of a living guru came to an end with Guru Gobind Singh (1675-1708) who installed the Guru Granth Sahib -- the Sikh Scripture -- as the "living guru" of the Sikh tradition. The Guru Granth is composed entirely of hymns/kirtan composed by the Sikh gurus and non-Sikhs like Kabir, the poet weaver of Benares. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest site in the Sikh world. Langar, or a common meal, is served daily in the Sikh Gurdwara. It points to equality and seva/service. Sikhs are a small but vibrant community, under 2% of the believing world.

 

Golden Temple at night (top right), Golden Temple by day (left), Langar is a free meal served daily at the Sikh Gurdwara. (bottom right)