Islamic Art in a Sikh Shrine

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    Detail of marble floor at the Sikh shrine of Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Pakistan. Once again we have the all-popular Islamic eight point star with typical Mughal-style patterns (the chevrons are classic Mughal). The work, however, looked fairly recent to me and is not from the Mughal period. This is a fine example of the sharing and fusion of art and design in South Asia across the religious communities. They have more in common than they think!

    This shrine is important to Sikhs because of the supposed imprint of the hand ("panja" in Punjabi) of Guru Nanak in a stone preserved here. Guru Nanak (1469 – 7 May 1539) was the founder of the Sikh faith and is revered as a mystical man of considerable piety across the faiths.

    "NO PHOTOGRAPHS" said the notice board when I entered this holy place! BUT since I was a special overseas guest, I was allowed to take some shots:-) I'm grateful to the well-known Pakistani columnist Kamran Shafi for arranging the tour and for always making my brief visits so memorable.

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    1. { Planet Adventure } 91 months ago | reply

      This brilliant photo is like a shooting star,
      totally inspiring!
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    2. Frizztext 91 months ago | reply

      FAVEd! wonderful...

    3. Anneli* [deleted] 91 months ago | reply

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    4. crafty1tutu (Ann) 91 months ago | reply

      This brilliant photo is like a shooting star,
      totally inspiring!
      shine on...
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    5. Kelvin Wong (Away) 91 months ago | reply

      excellent perspective! great neat pattern shot!
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    6. .GiL. [deleted] 91 months ago | reply

      very beautiful

    7. asdoke 91 months ago | reply

      simply beautiful...nice angle too : )

      A Great work of Art !!
      I saw this in: Jalalspages Art and Craft Album

    8. [f as in...] 91 months ago | reply

      I thought the Sikhs weren't considered Muslims by other Muslims, or did I just make that one up?

    9. cool_colonia4711 91 months ago | reply


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    10. Texas Finn 91 months ago | reply

      The descriptions always make your photos more relevant and memorable. This is a classic example.

    11. Sir Cam 91 months ago | reply

      florestan: Sikhism is a separate faith altogether! According to my understanding, Sikhism emerged, to put it very simplistically, in the 15th century out of a kind of local fusion of the two dominant faiths in South Asia: Islam and Hinduism. Geographically, it is mainly in the Punjab, ie Northern India. Sikh's, however, are a very hardworking and enterprising people and you'll come across them (the men often wear turbans) everywhere!

    12. FOTOGRAFIA.Nelo.Esteves 91 months ago | reply

      Truly beautiful design and colors. Excellent composition!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    13. pasma 91 months ago | reply

      Seen in Picture Pages

    14. NasB 91 months ago | reply

      Wow! That's an awesome collection of eight-siders...
      Quite a find.

    15. anglia24 91 months ago | reply


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    16. **loulou** 91 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot.
      Your a lucky man to get to see some lovely things.

    17. claudio.marcio2 91 months ago | reply

      Excellent graphism...nice colors!!

    18. ਆਦਿਅੰਤਿਏਕੈਅਵਤਾਰਾ 83 months ago | reply

      "Sir Cam"

      Sikhism is not believed to be a fusion of the Islam and Hinduism but a totally seperate religion- from the direct word of the lord as beleived by Sikhs.

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