About Sikhs

History of Sikhism

Sikhism is a religion that originated in Northern India in the fifteenth century with the birth of first of the ten Gurus of Sikhs, Sri Guru  Nanak Dev Ji, on October 20, 1469, in Nankana Sahib, District Nankana Sahib (formerly Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi, District Shekhupura) of Punjab Province,  Pakistan. This system of religious philosophy and expression has been traditionally known as the Gurmat (literally the teachings of the gurus) or the Sikh Dharma. Sikhism comes from the word Sikh, which in turn comes from the Sanskrit root sisya meaning “disciple” or “learner”, or siksha meaning” instruction. Sikhism is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world.

Gurdwara or Gurudwara

During the times of the early Gurus, Sikh places of worship were referred to as dharamsalas. They were a place where Sikhs could gather to hear the Guru speak or sing hymns. As the Sikh population continued to grow Sri Guru Hargobind introduced the word Gurdwara, meaning the gateway through which the Guru could be reached. Thereafter all Sikh places of worship came to be known as Gurdwaras. Any place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed and treated with due respect can be referred to as a Gurdwara.

Articles About Sikhs

Issues, articles and general information about Sikhs (updated Tuesday, March 31, 2015 ).

US Att. General Eric Holder’s Speech on the Wisconsin Tragedy

SALDEF Article About Sikhs

Sikh Head Coverings

Organize an Open House at a Gurdwara

Discrimination in the Workplace (in Punjabi)

TSA Rules for Travelers

Upcoming Events

Jan
1
Sun
8:00 am Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Praka...
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Praka...
Jan 1 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Bhog Sri Sehaj Path Sahib or Sri Akhand Path Sahib Ji on the occasion of Sri Gobind Singh Ji’s Prakash Purab. Langar Seva hosted by Sri Sumit Dewan.
Mar
11
Sat
8:00 am Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at ...
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at ...
Mar 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at the GSSWH on Saturday, March 11, 2023, requested by Dr. Amrita Sidhu on 10/12/2022.
Mar
18
Sat
8:00 am Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at ...
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at ...
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at the GSSWH on March 18, 2023. Requested by S. Harjeet Singh on 3/27/2022.
Apr
14
Fri
8:00 am Vaisakhi 2023 at GSSWH
Vaisakhi 2023 at GSSWH
Apr 14 @ 8:00 am – Apr 16 @ 2:30 pm
Vaisakhi 2023: Sri Akhand Path Sahib, Nishan Sahib Seva and 3-Day Langar Seva sponsored by S. Niranjan Singh and Mrs. Paramjeet Kaur (booked in person at GSSWH/text on 4/17/2022).
Sep
8
Fri
8:00 am Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at ...
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at ...
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Marriage) at the GSSWH requested by S. Jasdeep Singh Bhusri on 9/2/2022.

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