The worship service A Sikh gurdwara includes both the house of worship proper and its associated langaror communal refectory.
Even the few famous women in history are defined in relation to their men. But if you linger a minute longer, you will hear us beam about the equality of women in our faith.
Unlike in most other religions, our scriptures are explicit about women as equal in the eyes of God. What if you asked for names of famous Sikh women? You will hear a short pause.
Then, a slight effort in concentration, before: There's Mata Tripta, the mother of the first Guru! And Mata Nanki, the sister of the first Guru! And Mata Khivi, wasn't she the second Guru's wife? You will hear an earful of mothers, sisters, and wives of the Ten Gurus, or teachers of the Sikh faith in the 15th and 16th centuries.
As the list ends there, you may begin to sense there is something amiss. It's time to confront the gap between our ideals and how we live them.
Sikhs Americans like me talk a great deal about women's equality, but we are steeped in an old patriarchal culture that makes us complicit in the erasure of women, past and present. Even the few famous women in our history are defined in relation to their men.
Their full contributions as thinkers, poets and warriors unto themselves are eclipsed by the men they supported. The real life consequence? Sikh girls today are told they're fully equal, and yet many are expected to carry out traditional gender roles -- with few role models to suggest otherwise.
We would never tell you this, of course. You can't blame us. After the terrorist attacks, we women tacitly agreed to put our issues on hold.
This was a mistake. As we waited and are still waiting for the discrimination to pass over us, some of the cultural dysfunctions in our community worsened. Women are girls are always the first casualties within minority communities under siege.
That is no different in ours. Just as in most patriarchal traditions around the world, the bodies of women have been considered vessels of honor in Punjabi culture. When riots and massacre swept Punjab during the Partition of India, some Sikh men poisoned their daughters before letting them fall into the hands of Muslim rioters.
In the worst anecdotes, domestic violence is an outlet for men who bear racism on the street, intermarriage an act of betrayal, and honor killings an actual threat. But there's another story too. The call for liberation pulses through the Sikh tradition: Hearing the call, a new generation of Sikh women has emerged as lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs, doctors, filmmakers and more.
They have found brave new ways to defend their communities while offering their own unique voices to public discourse.
I am proud to call them my contemporaries -- they are sources of inspiration, wisdom and leadership in their communities who deserve to be known. Here are 10 Sikh women who embody the highest Sikh ideal of the warrior-saint.
Half are legends from early history -- women who we will never fully know but whose deeds ignite our imagination as the first female warrior-saints. Half are modern-day heroines -- each one stands for hundreds of Sikh women who are blazing their own paths as the warrior-saints of our era.
My hope is that the next time you ask a Sikh on the street about their religion, they will be able to name all these women.
Sikh Women in State Affairs In Indian history, we find only a few women actively participating in government affairs. In the early medieval Muslim period Razia was a. Sikh Women’s Organization of Central California Book Club A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. The first book we are reading is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Sikh temples or Gurdwaras is the religious place for the Sikh people. The meaning of the term “Gurdwara” means the gateway to the guru. In India, there reside people belonging to different religions and according to the recent census, it has been determined the most of them fall under the Sikh .
And you will already know their names.History of Sikhism The history of Sikhism started with Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru in the fifteenth century in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent.
The religious practices were formalised by Guru Gobind Singh Ji on 13 April . Celebrating Sikh Women Written by Parmjit Singh on 13 March, — 5 Comments An extraordinary image of the Golden Temple of Amritsar from a century ago sheds much needed light on the virtually hidden history of Sikh women, says author and historian Parmjit Singh.
Sikh women had played a glorious part in Sikh history and have proven themselves as equal in devotion, sacrifice and bravery to uphold the Sikh ideals and beliefs.
The prominent women who occupied high place in Sikhism belonged largely to Guru's . List of famous Indian women with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
A gurdwara can be identified from a distance by tall flagpoles bearing the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag. The Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, India, known informally as the Golden Temple, is the holiest gurdwara .
Mai Bhago (ਮਾਈ ਭਾਗੋ) is one of the most famous women in Sikh history. She is always pictured on horseback wearing a turban with her headscarf gracefully flowing in .