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Nihang | by Rohit Markande
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Nihang

Spotted this nihang with his wife making his way from Sirhind to Patiala on a cycle. He is not riding the cycle as he is coming down a bridge over the SYL (Sutlej Yamuna Link) Canal. He must be coming after paying obeisance at the Gurudwara at Sirhind (this is a town famous for Sikh history). Nihangs are warrior Sikhs who were originally raised as a fighting unit by the last Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, to fight the atrocities of the Muslim rulers of Delhi in the 17th century. They carry forward the tradition and nowadays master using atleast one traditional weapon as a symbolism.

 

An apt quote for this picture by William Wordsworth:

 

"When from our better selves we have too long

Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,

Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,

How gracious, how benign, is Solitude"

 

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Taken on February 20, 2006