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published: 8/9/06
updated: 2/26/14

Sikhism



Sikhism emerged in 16th-century India in an environment heavily permeated with conflicts between the Hindu and Muslim religions. Its founding teacher, Guru Nanak Dev, was born in 1469 to a Hindu family. His most famous saying was, "There is no Hindu, there is no Muslim, so whose path shall I follow? I shall follow the path of God." Today, there are about 23 million Sikhs worldwide, making Sikhism the fifth largest religion in the world.

When it comes to Sikhism, many people have questions like: What do Sikhs believe about God, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are their values, traditions, and ethics? Who are their teachers, leaders, and followers? And what is their history?

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on the Sikh faith, from their beliefs to their history, to their sacred days, to important literature. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)



Sikhism Beliefs, Practices, History, Symbols, and More

Most Popular Sikhism Pages


Sikh beliefs

Skihism fast facts

Life of Guru Nanak

Sikhism Basics

Sikh Beliefs


One-Page Overview

Facts and Stats

Glossary of Sikhism

Timeline of Sikhism
Religious Authority

God in Sikhism
Karma and Reincarnation

Khalsa and State




Sikhism
A Sikh at the Golden Temple of Amritsar, Punjab. Photo: Claude Renault.

Sikh Holidays

Sikh History


Diwali


Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday

Guru Nanak's Birthday

Hola Maholla

Maghi

Vaisakhi
Life of Guru Nanak

The Ten Gurus

Sikh Things

Sikhism Features


Guru Granth Sahib


Chauri (Whisk)

The Five Ks

Nishan Sahib (Flag)
The Sikh View on Homosexuality


A Sikh Thanksgiving in Queens