India – the temple of the Sikh
My trip to India -one of the most exciting things I did in my life so far. I will give you a few insights on all the places I’ve visited and all the things I got to know.
First stop: The temple of the Sikh. Sikh is a religious schism of the Hindu Belief. Translated directly, it means follower of the Guru Nanak, who is one of the 10 Gurus, the Sikh belief is based upon. The temple complex consisted of different parts. A long street up the hill, small living places for the people working in the complex, a big kitchen that is run entirely by volunteers, a bathing place and the temple itself. It was Sunday – family day – when we arrived, when most people have the chance to visit a temple. Families gather around the water praying, with fathers taking their children for a bath and women staiyng covered in the shades. The atmosphere there was phenomenal, a lovely way to spend a Sunday.
The typical Sikh Turban. Its oval and very tight. There are over 60 ways to wear a turban in India. It often shows which god you believe in or from which part of the country you come.
The temple of the Sikh in Delhi.
Sikhism was founded 1469 av. by guru Nanak. He came from a small town called Talwandi in Pakistan. This is interesting, because India and Pakistan are having great conflicts at the moment. Central to those issues is that Indians see themselves as defenders of the Hindu Belief. Guru Nanak had nine Gurus that came after him. Together they were the 10 Gurus the Sikh belief is built upon. The last of the 10 Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), started baptism, and gave the Sikh a special identity. The main and centre temple of the Sikh is set in Amritsar. The Golden Temple. (Check Katjas post/photos from when she visited the Golden Temple last year). 1.8% of the Indian population is Sikh.
Women sit in the shade, they keep covered.
Although the Sikhism belongs to the Hindu belief, there are fundamental differences of opinion between sikhism and hinduism. For example: the Sikhs don’t believe in the caste system, which in turn, is essential in Hindu Lifestyle. They don’t believe in a number of gods, but in their guru. Sikhism states: to live a truthful and normal life, live to help mankind. They don’t belief in the Hindu saying: “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other“, but “If nothing helps anymore, you have the right to get your weapon.”
It was a very interesting experience to get to know this culture. The people were so welcoming and it felt like spending a Sunday with family. I hope to visit the Golden Temple on my next trip. It is meant to be even more impressive and I really would like to see it.