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

8:30 am Shaheedi Diwas Sri Guru Tegh Bah...
Shaheedi Diwas Sri Guru Tegh Bah...
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Bhog Sehaj Path Sahib on Shaheedi Diwas of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji. Path Seva sponsored by President, S. Bhajan Singh Dulai and Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Dulai. Langar Seva by S. Inderjeet Singh and[...]
8:30 am Shaheedi Diwas Chaar Sahibzade
Shaheedi Diwas Chaar Sahibzade
Dec 26 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sehaj Path Sahib Seva sponsored by Chairman, S. Prithvipal Singh Likhari & Director, Punjabi School of GSSWH, Mrs. Manmeet Kaur Likhari. Langar Seva hosted by Sh. Sumit Dewan.
8:30 am 355th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru ...
355th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru ...
Jan 9 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sehaj Path Sahib Seva sponsored by GSSWH Sangat. Langar Seva hosted by Sh. Samir Kapoor and Mrs. Gurpreet Kapoor

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