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Takhalmmlolt | Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, India | by t linn
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Takhalmmlolt | Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi, India

The takhalmmlolt is an elevated throne upon which Sikhs place the Guru Granth Sahib, their holy scripture. SIkhism arose in the 15th century, in part, as a response to perceived inequality found in Hinduism. Sikhs see all people and both genders as equal. Castes are not recognized. It is monotheistic, recognizing only one god, yet it does not claim a monopoly on absolute truth arguing that no religion can. It stresses right living and selfless public service over a monastic contemplation of god. In a little less than 500 years, Sikhism has become one of the world's largest religions.

 

Most Sikhs live in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent which was partitioned between India and Pakistan in 1947. After partition, Sikhs were systematically driven out of Pakistan; few remain. They represent the majority population in the Indian state of Punjab.

 

Sikh men can be identified by their turbans, which cover their uncut hair and a wooden comb, their long beards, distinctive pants, a steel bracelet, and a small dagger-like sword.

 

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Taken on December 27, 2017